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Love Song; The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

Love Song; The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

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Noted historian of the Broadway musical chronicles the braided lives of two of the twentieth century's most influential artists  For the first time, Ethan Mordden chronicles the romance of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya in Love Song, a dual biography that unfolds against the background of the tumultuous twentieth century, scored to music from Weil's greatest triumphs: 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. The romance of Weill, the Jewish cantor’s son, and Lenya, the Viennese coachman’s daughter, changed the history of Western music. With Bertolt Brecht, they created one of the definitive works of the twentieth century, The Threepenny Opera, a smash that would live on in musical theatre history. Weill, the jazz Mozart, was the creator whose work is backstage, unseen. Lenya, his epic-theatre femme fatale, was the performer who put the work into view. They heard the same unique music, but he gave it form while she gave it life.  Love Song is ultimately the story of a great romance scored to some of the twentieth century's greatest music.
Noted historian of the Broadway musical chronicles the braided lives of two of the twentieth century's most influential artists  For the first time, Ethan Mordden chronicles the romance of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya in Love Song, a dual biography that unfolds against the background of the tumultuous twentieth century, scored to music from Weil's greatest triumphs: 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. The romance of Weill, the Jewish cantor’s son, and Lenya, the Viennese coachman’s daughter, changed the history of Western music. With Bertolt Brecht, they created one of the definitive works of the twentieth century, The Threepenny Opera, a smash that would live on in musical theatre history. Weill, the jazz Mozart, was the creator whose work is backstage, unseen. Lenya, his epic-theatre femme fatale, was the performer who put the work into view. They heard the same unique music, but he gave it form while she gave it life.  Love Song is ultimately the story of a great romance scored to some of the twentieth century's greatest music.

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One Touch of Venus
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he was born first, about a year and a hal beore him, in Vienna,on October 18, 1898. Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauerwas the daughter o a coachman, Franz Blamauer, and a laundress, theormer Johanna Teuschl. I young Linnerl— a standard nickname orKaroline— was to captivate men, as her mother predicted, it may havebeen one o those traits acquired by imitation, or her mother was a peto the local lads. “Frau Blamauer sees pants on a clothesline,” theneighbors would carol, “and she’s pregnant.” But o her many gesta-tions only five children were born alive, three girls and two boys.The firstborn, Karoline, died at the age o our, and the utureLotte Lenya was named ater her. There were as well her older brother,Franz; her younger brother, Max; and her younger sister, Maria. Itwas Linnerl who attracted their ather’s particular attention, or he had loved his dead Karoline and hated the one who replaced her. YoungLinnerl lived in terror in the Blamauers’ small apartment, in a five-storey block o masonry way out to the southwest o Vienna’s “innercity,” on the southern edge o the district o Penzing, where it bordersHietzing. The area was so distant rom Vienna’s core area around St.Stephen’s Cathedral that rom the window o the Blamauers’ kitchen
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