"Mi Addir." Jewish wedding song.
"Es blühen zwei flammende Rosen." Song fragment.
"Ich weiss wofür" (Guido von Güllhausen).
"Reiterlied" (Hermann Löns).
First modern performance: Akademie der Künste, West Berlin; Barry McDaniel, baritone, 9 September 1975.
"Gebet" (Emanuel Geibel).
Composed for sister Ruth's confirmation.
"Sehnsucht" (Joseph, Freiherr von Eichendorff).
Ofrah's Lieder (Jehuda Halevi).
A cycle of five songs. First known performance: Merkin Hall, New York;
Beverly Hoch, soprano, John van Buskirk, piano, 20 September 1987.
Zriny. Opera after the play by Karl Theodor Körner. Lost.
"Im Volkston" (Arno Holz). First modern performance: Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Barry McDaniel, baritone,
9 September 1975.
"Volkslied" (Anna Ritter).
"Das schöne Kind" (author unknown).
Possible first performance: Kennedy Center, Washington,
D.C.; Joy Bogen, soprano, Lys Symonette, piano, 17 November 1980.
Intermezzo. For piano solo.
"Maikaterlied" and "Abendlied"
(Otto Julius Bierbaum). Saal des Evangelischen Vereinshauses, Dessau; Clara
Ohent and Gertrud Prinzler, 6 Feburary 1918.
Andante aus der As-Dur-Sonate von C.M. von Weber. Orchestrated
by Weill, Dessau, March 1918.
String Quartet in B Minor. First
known performance: Akademie der Künste, West Berlin; Melos-Quartett,
9 September 1975.
Orchestra Suite in E major. First
modern performance: Marienkirche, Dessau; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen;
Victor Symonette, conductor, 12 March 1995.
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke.
Symphonic poem. Manuscript lost.
"Weberlied" (Gerhart Hauptmann). [Composed in autumn, 1920,
according to David Drew.]
"Schilflieder" (Nikolaus Lenau). [May have been composed
Ninon von Lenclos. Opera after the play by Ernst Hardt.
Composed in Lüdenscheid. Manuscript lost, probably unfinished.
"Die stille Stadt" (Richard Dehmel).
Friedrich-Theater (Konzertsaal), Dessau; Elisabeth Feuge, soprano, Kurt
Weill, piano, 4 September 1919.
Sulamith. "Chorfantasie" for soprano, chorus, and
orchestra. Incomplete draft survives.
Sonata for Cello and Piano. Probably
composed Spring 1919-Summer 1920. Possible premiere: Hannover; Martin Missner,
cello, Albert Bing, piano, February 1921. First known performance: Akademie
der Künste, West Berlin; Siegfried Palm, cello, Aloys Kontarsky, piano,
9 September 1975.
Langsamer Fox und "Algi-Song."
Two pieces, the first for piano solo, the second a parodic cabaret number.
Possibly performed by Weill himself in the Bierkeller where he played piano.
Symphony no. 1. Four-hand piano
version performed in Busoni's master class, autumn 1921. First known orchestral
performance: Nordwestdeutsche Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Hamburg; Wilhelm
Schüchter, conductor, 1956.
[Polka], for piano. Unfinished.
"Die Bekehrte" (Goethe). First
known performance: Yale University, New Haven; 2 November 1983.
Rilkelieder (Rainer Maria
Rilke). Probably composed in November. Manuscript lost. First modern performance
(one song): Akademie der Künste, West Berlin; Barry MacDaniel, baritone,
9 September 1975.
Psalm VIII. For a cappella chorus. First known performance:
BBC Chorus, Peter Gellhorn, director, January 1972. Incomplete or partly
Divertimento für Flöte und Orchester, Op. 52, von
Ferruccio Busoni. Arrangement for flute and piano. Published 1923 by Breitkopf
with scenario by Vladimir Boritsch. Theater am Kurfürstendamm, Berlin;
Franz- Ludwig Hörth, director, 18 November 1922.
Divertimento. For small orchestra
with men's chorus. Last movement: Sing-Akademie, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,
Heinz Unger, conductor, 7 December 1922. Entire work: Berlin Philharmonic
Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Heinz Unger, conductor, 10 April 1923.
Fantasia, Passacaglia und Hymnus für Orchester,
op. 6 [Sometimes known as Sinfonia sacra]. Composed 1922. Berlin
Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Selo, conductor, 12 March 1923.
Quodlibet, op. 9. Suite for orchestra
from the pantomime Zaubernacht. Friedrich-Theater, Dessau; Albert Bing,
conductor, 13 June 1923.
String Quartet no. 1, op. 8. Frankfurt,
Kammermusikwoche; Hindemith-Amar Quartet, 24 June 1923. The quartet became
part of the repertory of the Roth Quartet, which performed it twice in
Paris in 1924.
Recordare, op. 11 (Lamentations
V). In 1925, Weill asked Universal Edition to suggest a performance of
Recordare at the Donaueschingen Musikfest. First known performance: Holland
Festival, Pieterskerk, Utrecht; NCRV Vocaal Ensemble, Marinus Voorberg,
conductor, 2 July 1971.
Frauentanz: sieben Gedichte des
Mittelalters, op. 10. Composed 1923. Akademie der Künste,
Berlin; Nora Pisling- Boas, soprano, Fritz Stiedry, conductor, January
or February 1924.
[Pantomime]. Scenario by Georg Kaiser. Unfinished.
Das Stundenbuch (Rainer Maria Rilke). Cycle of six
songs for baritone and orchestra. Composed 1923-25. Berlin Philharmonic
Hall; Manfred Lewandowsky, baritone, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Heinz
Unger, conductor, 22 January 1925. Manuscript partly lost.
Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble,
op. 12. Composed 1924. Théâtre de l'Exposition des Arts
Décoratifs, Paris; Marcel Darrieux, violin, Orchestre des Concerts
Straram, Walter Straram, conductor, 11 June 1925.
"Klops-Lied" (Jean de Bourgois
[pseudonym]). Privately performed in Berlin, 14 December 1927. First known
public performance: Akademie der Künste, West Berlin; Philip Langridge,
tenor, 12 September 1975.
Der Protagonist (Georg Kaiser).
Composed 1924-25. Dresden Staatsoper, Fritz Busch, conductor, 27 March
Herzog Theodor von Gothland. Incidental music for
a play by Christian Dietrich Grabbe. Berliner Rundfunk, Bruno Seidler-Winkler,
conductor, 1 September 1926. Largely lost.
Der neue Orpheus and
Palace (Ivan Goll). Both works composed 1925-26. Staatsoper unter
den Linden, Berlin; Delia Reinhardt, soprano, Rudolf Deman, violinist,
Erich Kleiber, conductor, 2 March 1927.
Na und? (Felix Joachimson). Two-act comic opera, unperformed.
Universal Edition rejected the composition; only sketches survive.
Mahagonny (Songspiel) (Bertolt
Brecht). Deutsches Kammermusikfest, Baden-Baden; Ernst Mehlich, conductor,
Walter Brügmann, director, 17 July 1927.
Incidental music for the play
Gustav III by August Strindberg. Theater in der Königgrätzerstrasse,
Berlin; Walter Goehr, conductor, Victor Barnowsky, director, 29 October
"Vom Tod im Wald" (Bertolt Brecht).
Heinrich Hermanns, bass, Berlin Philharmonic, Eugen Lang, conductor, 23
Der Zar lässt sich photographieren
(Georg Kaiser). Composed 1927. Neues Theater, Leipzig; Gustav Brecher,
conductor, Walter Brügmann, director, 18 February 1928.
Leben Eduards des Zweiten von England. Incidental
music for a play by Bertolt Brecht and Lion Feuchtwanger. Altes Theater,
Leipzig; Alwin Kronacher, director, 10 March 1928. Fragment survives.
Konjunktur. (Íl-Musik) Incidental music
for a play by Leo Lania, with song texts by Felix Gasbarra. Lessing Theater,
Berlin; Edmund Meisel, conductor, Erwin Piscator, director, 8 April 1928.
"Die Muschel von Margate"
Katalaunische Schlacht. Incidental music for the play
by Arnolt Bronnen. Staatliches Schauspielhaus, Berlin; 25 April 1928. Manuscript
Die Dreigroschenoper (Bertolt
Brecht). Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin; Theo Mackeben, conductor,
Erich Engel, director, 31 August 1928.
"Berlin im Licht" (Kurt Weill).
Military band version: Wittenberg-Platz,
Berlin; Hermann Scherchen, conductor, 13 October 1928.
version: 16 October 1928, Staatsoper am Platz der Republik (Kroll-Oper),
Berlin; Paul Graetz, vocalist.
"Das Lied von den braunen Inseln"Songs and possibly incidental music for a play by Leon
Feuchtwanger. Berlin Staatstheater; Jürgen Fehling, director, 28 November
1928. Partly missing.
Composed 1928. Staatsoper am Platz der Republik (Kroll-Oper), Berlin; Preussische
Staatskapelle, Otto Klemperer, conductor, 7 February 1929.
Das Berliner Requiem (Bertolt
Brecht). Composed 1928. Frankfurt Radio; Ludwig Rottenberg, conductor,
22 May 1929.
Der Lindberghflug (original version, composed half
by Weill and half by Paul Hindemith, text by Bertolt Brecht). Kurhaus,
Baden-Baden; Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen, conductor, 27
Happy End (lyrics by Bertolt
Brecht; play by Elisabeth Hauptmann and Brecht). Theater am Schiffbauerdamm,
Berlin; Theo Mackeben, conductor, Erich Engel, director, 2 September 1929.
"Die Legende vom toten Soldaten"
and Zu Potsdam unter den Eichen" (Bertolt Brecht).
Berliner Schubertchor, Karl Rankl, conductor, November 1929.
Der Lindberghflug (second
version with music entirely by Weill; text by Bertolt Brecht). Staatsoper
am Platz der Republik (Kroll-Oper), Berlin; Otto Klemperer, conductor,
5 December 1929.
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
(Bertolt Brecht). Composed 1927-1931. Neues Theater, Leipzig; Gustav Brecher,
conductor, Walter Brügmann, director, 9 March 1930.
Universal Edition published
Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper," arranged for violin and piano
by Stefan Frenkel, April 1930.
Der Jasager (Bertolt Brecht).
Live broadcast on Berliner Rundfunk, 23 June 1930. Stage premiere: Zentralinstitut
für Erziehung und Unterricht, Berlin, Kurt Drabek, conductor, 24 June
Mann ist Mann by Bertolt Brecht. Incidental music
for 1931 production. Berlin Staatstheater, 6 February 1931.
Premiere of Die Dreigroschenoper film directed by
G.W. Pabst, 19 February 1931.
Die Bürgschaft (Caspar
Neher). Composed 1930-1931. Städtische Oper, Berlin; Fritz Stiedry,
conductor, Carl Ebert, director, 10 March 1932.
Der Silbersee (Georg Kaiser).
Composed 1932-1933. Three concurrent productions in Leipzig, Erfurt, and
Magdeburg, 18 February 1933.
Die sieben Todsünden
(Bertolt Brecht). Théâtre des Champs- Elysées, Paris;
Maurice Abravanel, conductor, George Balanchine, choreographer, 7 June
1933. London premiere: Savoy Theatre, 30 June 1933.
"Es regnet" (Jean Cocteau?).
First known performance: recording on Nonesuch label, Teresa Stratas, February
"Der Abschiedsbrief" (Erich
Kästner). First known performance: recording on Nonesuch label, Teresa
Stratas, February 1981.
La grand complainte de Fantômas (Robert Desnos).
Radio Paris, Alejo Carpentier, conductor, 3 November 1933. Largely missing.
"Complainte de la Seine" and "Je
ne t'aime pas" (Maurice Magre). Performed frequently and recorded by
Symphony no. 2. Composed 1933-34.
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Bruno Walter, conductor, 11 October
Der Kuhhandel (Robert Vambery).
Completed December 1934. First concert performance: Tonhalle Düsseldorf;
Jan- Latham-König, conductor, Kay Lorentz, director, 22 March 1990.
First staged performance: Deutsch-Sorbisches Volkstheater, Bautzen; Dieter
Kempe, conductor, Wolfgang Poch, director, 18 June 1994. Original German
version adapted in January-May 1935 for a production in England under the
title A Kingdom for a Cow (see 1935).
Marie galante (Jacques Deval).
Théâtre de Paris; Edmond Mahieux, conductor, H. Henriot, director,
22 December 1934.
"Youkali" (Roger Fernay).
First performance unknown. Published by Heugel in 1946.
A Kingdom for a Cow (English lyrics by Desmond Carter;
English book adapted from Vambery by Reginald Arkell). Savoy Theatre, London;
Muir Matheson, conductor, Ernst Matray and Felix Weissberger, directors,
28 June 1935.
Der Weg der Verheissung (Franz Werfel). Composed August
1934-December 1935 in Louveciennes, London, and Salzburg. The work was
not performed in the original German version, but revised October 1935
- December 1936 for an American production under the title
Eternal Road (see 1937).
High Wind in Jamaica. Two songs, without texts.
"The Fräulein and the Little Son of the Rich" (Robert
Johnny Johnson (Paul Green).
44th St. Theatre, New York; Lehman Engel, conductor, Lee Strasberg, director,
19 November 1936. 68 performances.
The Eternal Road (Franz
Werfel; English translation by Ludwig Lewisohn with additional lyrics by
Charles Alan). Manhattan Opera House, New York; Isaac van Grove and Leo
Kopp, conductors, Max Reinhardt, director, Norman Bel Geddes, designer,
4 January 1937. 153 performances.
The River is Blue. Film score. The film's title was
first changed to Castles in Spain and then to Blockade. Released
in 1938. Weill's score was not used.
"Tu me démolis" and "Pauv' Madam' Peachum!" (Yvette
Guilbert). Two additional songs for L'Opéra de quat' sous, the first
of which is lost. Théâtre des Etoiles, Paris, 29 September
Albumblatt für Erika. Unpublished and unperformed piano
transcription of a section from The Eternal Road for Erika Neher.
The Common Glory (Paul Green). Unfinished.
Two Folksongs of the New Palestine:
"Havu l'venim" and "Baa M'nucha" (traditional texts). Arranged for voice and piano. First performance unknown;
published by Nigun Press in 1938.
Davy Crockett (H.R. Hays and Kurt Weill). Unfinished.
[The Opera from Mannheim] (E.Y. Harburg). Unfinished and
You and Me (lyrics by Sam Coslow and Johnny Burke).
Film score. Composed 1937-1938. Directed by Fritz Lang; screenplay by Virginia
van Upp. First screened in New York on 1 June 1938.
Knickerbocker Holiday (Maxwell
Anderson). Barrymore Theatre, New York; Maurice Abravanel, conductor, Joshua
Logan, director, 19 October 1938. 168 performances.
[Songs of Discovery] (author unknown). Two songs. Incomplete,
Railroads on Parade (Edward Hungerford). Pageant.
New York World's Fair; Isaac van Grove, conductor, Charles Alan, director,
30 April 1939. Revised and performed again at the 1940 World's Fair.
Ulysses Africanus (Maxwell Anderson). Unfinished;
some songs later adapted and incorporated into Lost in the Stars.
Madam, Will You Walk? Incidental music for a play
by Sidney Howard. Baltimore; with prerecorded music conducted by Maurice
Abravanel, Margaret Webster, director, 13 November 1939.
"Nannas Lied" (Bertolt Brecht).
Composed in New York. First known performance: Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York; Teresa Stratas, soprano, Richard Woitach, piano, 4 January
"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (Robert Frost). Composed
in New York. Manuscript missing.
Two on an Island. Incidental music for a play by Elmer
Rice. Composed 1939. Broadhurst Theatre, New York; Elmer Rice, director,
20 January 1940. No music survives.
Ballad of Magna Carta (Maxwell
Anderson). Radio cantata. Columbia Broadcasting System, New York; Mark
Warnow, conductor, 4 February 1940.
Lady in the Dark (lyrics
by Ira Gershwin, book by Moss Hart). Composed 1940. Alvin Theatre, New
York; Maurice Abravanel, conductor, Moss Hart, director, 23 January 1941.
Fun to be Free (Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur).
Pageant. Madison Square Garden, New York; Simon Rady, conductor, Brett
Warren, director, 5 October 1941.
Walt Whitman Songs:
"Oh Captain! My Captain!,""Beat! Beat! Drums!,""Dirge for Two Veterans." A fourth song, "Come Up from the Fields, Father" was
composed in 1947. (First performance unknown: "Beat! Beat! Drums!" probably
first performed by Helen Hayes on RCA Victor recording listed below; all
three, plus the last setting, were recorded in 1947 by William Horne in
a limited edition; performed publicly at the 92nd St. Y, New York with
Randolph Symonette, baritone, 2 March 1952.)
Your Navy (Maxwell Anderson). Radio program. Incidental
music. National Broadcasting Corporation, New York; Don Vorhees, conductor,
Norman Corwin, director, 28 February 1942.
[Four Patriotic Melodramas].
"Battle Hymn of the Republic,"
"The Star Spangled Banner,"
"America", "Beat! Beat! Drums!" Recording on RCA Victor label, Helen Hayes, vocalist, Roy Shields, conductor, Victor M 909, 31 March 1942.
"Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib?"
(Bertolt Brecht). Hunter College, New York; Lotte Lenya, vocalist, Kurt
Weill, piano, 3 April 1943.
Propaganda Songs (Songs for the War
Effort). Composed in New York.
"Schickelgruber" (Howard Dietz), "One Morning in Spring" (St. Clair McKelway), "The Good Earth" (Oscar Hammerstein), "Buddy on the Nightshift" (Oscar Hammerstein), "Song of the Inventory" (Lewis Allan),
"We Don't Feel Like Surrendering Today" (Maxwell Anderson), "Oh Uncle Samuel!" (Maxwell Anderson, melody by Henry C. Work), "Toughen Up, Buckle Down, Carry On" (Dorothy Fields), "Song of the Free" (Archibald MacLeish),
Roxy Theatre, New York; Bob Hannon, vocalist, 4 June 1942. First performances of other songs unknown.
"Russian War Relief" (J.P. McEvoy). Clarkstown Country Club,
Nyack, New York; Lotte Lenya, vocalist, Kurt Weill, piano, August 1942.
We Will Never Die (Ben Hecht). Pageant. Madison Square
Garden, New York; Isaac van Grove, conductor, Moss Hart, director, 9 March
1943. The production traveled to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago,
Boston, and Hollywood; it was also widely broadcast.
Brecht visited Weill at Brook House where the two began work
on an operatic version of The Good Soldier Schweik and The Good
Woman of Setzuan, which was to be "half-opera." Neither was ever completed.
One Touch of Venus (lyrics
by Ogden Nash, book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash). Imperial Theatre,
New York; Maurice Abravanel, conductor, Elia Kazan, director, 7 October
1943. 567 performances.
"Wie lange noch?" (Walter
Mehring). Recorded with Lenya for the Office of War Information; intended
for broadcast in Germany behind enemy lines.
Salute to France. Film score. The film, starring Burgess
Meredith and produced by the U.S. Office of War Information, was released
in both English and French versions.
Where Do We Go From Here? (lyrics by Ira Gershwin).
Film score. Composed in 1944. Directed by Gregory Ratoff; screenplay by
Morris Ryskind. Released in 1945 by 20th Century Fox.
The Firebrand of Florence
(lyrics by Ira Gershwin, book by Edwin Justus Mayer). Composed in 1944.
Alvin Theatre, New York; Maurice Abravanel, conductor, John Murray Anderson,
director, 22 March 1945. 43 performances.
Down in the Valley (Arnold Sundgaard). Radio opera.
Never broadcast or published; revised April 1948 (see below).
Kiddush. For cantor, chorus
and organ. Park Avenue Synagogue, New York; Cantor David Putterman, tenor,
10 May 1946.
A Flag is Born (Ben Hecht). Incidental music. Alvin
Theatre, New York; Isaac van Grove, conductor, Luther Adler, director,
5 September 1946. Sponsored by the American League for a Free Palestine.
Street Scene (book by Elmer
Rice, lyrics by Rice and Langston Hughes). Composed in 1946. Adelphi Theatre,
New York; Maurice Abravanel, conductor, Charles Friedman, director, 9 January
1947. 148 performances.
Symphonic suite from Street Scene
Walt Whitman song
"Hatikvah." Orchestration. Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel, New York; Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky, conductor, 25 November
1947. Israeli national anthem.
Down in the Valley (Arnold
Sundgaard). Stage version. Indiana University, Bloomington; Ernst Hoffmannn,
conductor, Hans Busch, director, 15 July 1948.
Love Life (Alan Jay Lerner).
Composed 1947-1948. 46th Street Theatre, New York; Joseph Littau, conductor,
Elia Kazan, director, 7 October 1948. 252 performances.
Lost in the Stars (Maxwell
Anderson). Music Box Theatre, New York; Maurice Levine, conductor, Rouben
Mamoulian, director, 30 October 1949. 273 performances.
Finished: Five songs for Huckleberry
Finn, based on Maxwell Anderson's Raft on the River, an
adaptation of the Mark Twain novel. First performance: 92nd St. Y, New
York; Maurice Levine, conductor (orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett),
2 March 1952.