Weill's musical theater : stages of reform /

Main Author: Hinton, Stephen.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2012.
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In the theatrical world, if one mentions composer Kurt Weill, most theater folk will invoke Bertolt Brecht, with whom Weill had a long and successful theater partnership. Hinton (Stanford) has produced an in-depth view of the entire oeuvre of Weill's stage compositions--from the products of his early years, to his European work and collaborations, and on to his often-overlooked American work and collaborations. The book (identified as a "musicological study") is arranged in chronological fashion, so the reader follows Weill through his explorations of form/style as he discovers new ideologies and creates new, often groundbreaking works. This is a scholarly and thoroughly researched work. It draws on many wide-ranging sources: Weill's musical scores, his own personal writings/letters, other scholarly work on Weill, and reviews of performances. The writing is dense: the book is full of information and insights drawn from the author's extensive knowledge and study of his subject. This could be a daunting read for nonspecialists, but scholars looking to expand their knowledge of an important figure in theater history will find it an excellent resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. E. C. Skiles Lone Star College-Kingwood

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