Kurt Weill

photographed by [[Carl Van Vechten]], 1962 -->

Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900April 3, 1950) was a German (later American) composer,}} active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work, ''The Threepenny Opera'', which included the ballad "Mack the Knife". Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose, ''Gebrauchsmusik''. He also wrote several works for the concert hall and a number of works on Jewish themes. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943. Provided by Wikipedia
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