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Love Song [Hardcover]

Ethan Mordden

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29 Oct 2012
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 tumultous 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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ETHAN MORDDEN is the author of dozens of books, both fiction and nonfiction. His writing has appeared in "The New York Times," "The New Yorker" and other publications. He lives in New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Weill Biography Yet 8 Nov 2013
By Lloyd Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Yes, Lotte Lenya's in there, too. But it's really the story of a man who set out to create his own life and art in defiance of every norm and restriction. I have a particular interest in this era of German history, and I've never seen a better reconstruction of life in the Weimar Republic than Mordden provides. He has a tendency to stray from
the matter at hand to elaborate on some apparently minor point. But by the time he's done, you realize that it isn't a minor point at all. This is a rich story told in a very lively, even sprightly manner. I mostly know the author's work from his quixotic fiction, and he has the same personality when narrating his non-fiction. It's all storytelling, with
cliffhanger chapter endings and sudden twists. I like his theory that there aren't two different Kurt Weill careers, one in Germany and one in the U. S. Mordden says Weill was interested in creating a new kind of music play all the way along, and in America he perfected it. Readers should also look up Foster Hirsch's Kurt Weill book, because he goes into details about the Weill shows that Mordden doesn't get to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars do not recommend 20 Sep 2013
By Prof. J.R. Potuto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is not really a bio of either, and it is pretty limited even in describing their life together. It is very disjointed. I found it a big disappointment.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dual Biography of Two Famous Theatre Names 26 April 2013
By Douglas J Lemza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A must read for those interested in World and American musical theatre; well researched and nice insider feel for those profiled.
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