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Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

 
 
Author
Ethan Mordden.
Publisher St. Martin's  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780312676575
Pages/Publication Date 334/2012
Daedalus Item Code 43008
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The preeminent historian of Broadway, Ethan Mordden here gives us the romantic and creative partnership of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, chronicling their entwined careers against the background of the tumultuous 20th century, scored with Weill's greatest compositions: Knickerbocker Holiday, Lost in the Stars, Lady in the Dark, Happy End, One Touch of Venus, and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. With Bertolt Brecht, they created one of the definitive works of modern musical theater, The Threepenny Opera. For Mordden, Weill is the jazz Mozart, the creator whose work is backstage, while Lenya, his femme fatale, is the performer who put the work into view; he gave the music form while she gave it life.

"Mordden published the best book on the greatest team in the history of the American musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein. Now he presents the best book on the foremost couple in 20th-century musical theater, who depended on one another for 25 years, during 5 of which they were divorced.... Only after [Weill's] death, in 1950, did [Lenya] become for the world what she was for him, his definitive exponent. Mordden portrays them as an odd couple, she the quintessential good-time girl, who exploited her magnetic attractiveness to captivate theater audiences as well as plenty of lovers; he a dedicated, adventurous composer, ever seeking a new theatrical challenge, who could have only one woman in his life.... Good biographies of each already exist, as Mordden acknowledges in a fine bibliographical essay (there's also a marvelous discographical essay). Mordden instead appreciatively chronicles Weill's and Lenya's careers, writing with flair and personality rarely found in anyone who knows his subject so thoroughly."Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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