It was first performed on 9 March at the Neues Theater in Leipzig. Weill was asked by the Baden-Baden music festival committee to write a one act chamber opera for the festival. He ended up writing Mahagonny-Songspiel , sometimes known as Das kleine Mahagonny , a concert work for voices and small orchestra commissioned. The work was written in May , and performed in June. The eleven numbers, which include the "Alabama Song" and "Benares Song", were duly incorporated into the full opera as Weill worked through summer and autumn on the libretto.

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Opera Profile: Weill & Brecht’s Unique ‘Rise & Fall of the City of Mahagonny’

Read more information here: operaballet. Do as you please After the success of their shorter Mahagonny Songspiel , Weill and Brecht fleshed out the story to a full-length opera. Here, everyone is free to do as they please — binge, booze, make love or war; the only sin is to have no money. In the end, Mahagonny goes up in flames. Historical background Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny was first staged towards the end of the progressive Weimar Republic. Directed by Ivo van Hove , this production incorporates video projections by Tal Yarden , with stage and lighting design by Van Hove's regular scenographer Jan Versweyveld. In this production, he leads the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.


Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

The opera had its world premiere on March 9, , in Leipzig and played in Berlin the following year. It would eventually be banned by the Nazis and virtually became forgotten until the s. It has since received performances around the world, though it has never quite established itself as a major repertory staple. Nonetheless, the work is unique in the repertory as it includes a number of unique styles such as rag-time, jazz, and formal counterpoint, among others.


Kowalke, " Mahagonny : Einige Richtlinien". Orchestra : 2 2 picc. Guide to orchestration, territory abbreviations, and publishers' symbols. Somewhere in America. Three criminals on the lam--Fatty, Trinity Moses, and the Widow Begbick--are stranded in the desert after their truck breaks down. Begbick decrees that they will found a city called Mahagonny, a utopia of pleasure and idleness, but really a snare and a money pit " Aber dieses ganze Mahagonny ".

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