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The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny – This libretto does not reach the same heights as Brecht’s Galileo or Caucasian Chalk Circle, but it is a libretto and not a play.

The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny – This libretto does not reach the same heights as Brecht’s Galileo or Caucasian Chalk Circle, but it is a libretto and not a play. Alabama Song, covered by such luminaries as David Bowie and Jim Morrison, is dark, quirky drinking song featured in the opera.

Brecht's operatic play produced with Hauptmann, Neher and Weill was first . The story is that three criminals create the city of Mahagonny.

Brecht's operatic play produced with Hauptmann, Neher and Weill was first staged in 1930. Drinking, gambling, prize-fights and similar activities are the sole occupation of the inhabitants, and money rules. Mahagonny is threatened by a hurricane at the end of Act 1, which despite much anticipation and causing much distress simply bypasses the city. In Act 2 following the hurricane nothing is forbidden and various scenes of debauchery occur. Jenny and Jim try to leave but Jim cannot pay his debts and is arrested.

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (German: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) is a political-satirical opera composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. It was first performed on 9 March 1930 at the Neues Theater in Leipzig. Weill was asked by the 1927 Baden-Baden music festival committee to write a one act chamber opera for the festival.

Mahagonny is a city in the United States run by gangsters. All that matters there is money. Life evolves around spending it for worldly pleasures or receiving it for all kinds of services. As we might expect from such a place, everything is for sale, including love and the authorities.

Professor Steve Giles, Bertolt Brecht. Place of Publication. Black & White Illustrations. Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Steve Giles is Professor of German Studies and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham. Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays. 176. Author Biography. Steve Giles is Professor of German Studies and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham

In each, one sister is tempted by one of the seven deadly sins

In each, one sister is tempted by one of the seven deadly sins. First performed in Paris and London in 1933, with music by Weill and choreography by George Balanchine, it premiered in the United States in 1958 in a production by Balanchine. Of the translations by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman that are reprinted here, Hannah Arendt wrote in 1960 that she knew of "no other adequate rendering of Brecht into English.

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Brecht, Bertolt - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Godine, 1976) . For the modern Marxist, philosophy could not be simply a question of cooking up theories about a fixed object and an unchanging world

Brecht, Bertolt - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Godine, 1976). Bertolt Brecht the Threepenny Opera 1928. to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht Brecht on Art and Politics BERTOLT BRECHT. For the modern Marxist, philosophy could not be simply a question of cooking up theories about a fixed object and an unchanging world.

Brecht and Weill were leading lights in the new generation of left-wing modernist writers and composers in the latter years of the Weimar Republic, and here too Mahagonny has a special status.

Brecht's operatic play produced with Hauptmann, Neher and Weill was first staged in 1930. The story is that three criminals create the city of Mahagonny. Drinking, gambling, prize-fights and similar activities are the sole occupation of the inhabitants, and money rules. Mahagonny is threatened by a hurricane at the end of Act 1, which despite much anticipation and causing much distress simply bypasses the city. In Act 2 following the hurricane nothing is forbidden and various scenes of debauchery occur. Jenny and Jim try to leave but Jim cannot pay his debts and is arrested. Another character arraigned for murder, bribes his way out of it, but Jim has no money and is condemned to death for not paying for his whisky. The opera ends with discontent destroying the city, which burns as the inhabitants march away.

Translated and with commentary by Steve Giles, this critical edition is the first translation into English of the approved Versuche text of 1930/1.

An important addition to Brecht scholarship, this edition contains a full introduction to the play, Brecht's writing and notes on the work, editorial notes and variants, and a study of contemporary productions and responses.


Comments: (2)

Olwado
As a satire of capitalist societies, it's not subtle at all. But still it struck me as amusing and clever, even though I am far from sharing Brecht’s Marxist views, which he apparently already held, though somewhat unconsciously, when he wrote the text.

Mahagonny is a city in the United States run by gangsters. All that matters there is money. Life evolves around spending it for worldly pleasures or receiving it for all kinds of services. As we might expect from such a place, everything is for sale, including love and the authorities. If we think of the epoch it was written – the late twenties, when Al Capone was at his peak – Brecht’s critique may perhaps be taken a good deal seriously.

The play cannot be fully appreciated only by reading the text. As with all plays, the actors’ performances and the director’s hand matter a lot. I watched a Royal Opera House’s version in 2015 (unfortunately not alive, but at a Cinemark in my city). In this version, we see Brecht’s "distancing effect" vividly present in several scenes, like one in which the prostitute Jenny sings a romantic song while the very actress who is singing changes clothes and makeup, with all the attention focused on her, of course. This is typical Brecht. It makes impossible for the audience to forget reality and dive into the story, as is a major goal of most fictional works. Instead, the spectator is forced to retain a critical perspective by being constantly reminded that those on the stage are only actors.

But in the case of an opera (or would it be a satire of an opera?) there is also the music, and here the partnership between Brecht and the composer Kurt Weill worked fantastically. It was their intention to achieve a sharp contrast between the feeling conveyed by the melodies and the ideas conveyed by the lyrics, so sharp as to produce a comic effect. This is particularly noticeable when the people of Mahagonny sing a lofty song, one that sounds really fit for praising human glories, but with these words, wicked to the point of being ridiculous: “So get kicked in the face if you want to / As for me, I will much rather kick” (if you want to listen, search for the teaser from Royal Opera House on Youtube. It contains part of the song).
GawelleN
I must admit I am a Brecht fan boy. "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" was on my to read list for a long time. However, I was having trouble finding it. So when I saw it a used bookstore I snapped it up and read it immediatly. I was not disapointed. "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" revists many of the themes Brecht first explored in "The Three Penny Opera". He explores the relationship between morality and poverty in our consumer focused capitalist society. Although written some half century ago it is still relevant today. I don't want to make it sound like a polemic. The plot, charachters and absurd yet real situations draw us in. While less known that "Mother Courages" and "The Three Penny Opera" -- likely because it sacrifices entertainment for clear and bitting politics -- "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" deserves just as much respect.
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Modern Classics) download epub
Dramas & Plays
Author: Steve Giles,Bertolt Brecht
ISBN: 071368674X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Dramas & Plays
Language: English
Publisher: Methuen Drama (December 1, 2010)
Pages: 176 pages