Lot 217
  • 217

Weill, Kurt

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Description

  • Weill, Kurt
  • Autograph letter signed ("Kurt Weill"), about Lotte Lenya, Marie Galante and The Eternal Road, in French
  • ink on paper
to a friend ("Chère amie"), reporting that "Lenja" has been staying with him for two weeks, telling her that he has just written a new show with Jacques Deval called Marie-Galante, a "grand spectacle pour Londres" with Max Reinhardt and a symphony which he hopes will soon be performed ("...ma ça n'est pas très important.  Pour le théâtre, je fais deux choses: un opérette sur un livret très amusant et une pièce "Marie-galante" avec Jacques Deval..."), informing her that he has been in Rome where Mahagonny and Der Jasager were performed, and enquiring after her health

1 page, 4to, Louveciennes (Seine-et-Oise), 27 February 1934, creasing at folds

Literature

R. Belicha, Kurt Weill et La France (1996), pp.134-135

Catalogue Note

Weill and Lotte Lenya had become estranged at the time the composer was forced to flee Berlin for Paris in 1933; they divorced and were not reconciled until they departed for New York in 1935. The recently-composed works Weill mentions here include the operetta Der Kuhhandel, the incidental music to Deval's Marie Galante, and Der Weg der Verheissung, a biblical drama by Franz Werfel, commissioned for production by Max Reinhardt and eventually staged by him in New York in 1937 as "The Eternal Road".   
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