Search icone
Search and publish your papers

The Threepenny Opera and the Musical Gestus of Kurt Weill

About the author

General public

About the document

Published date
documents in English
term papers
7 pages
General public
4 times
Validated by
  1. Introduction.
  2. Weill's contribution to the gestic concept of The Threepenny Opera.
    1. The lyrical gestus and the musical gestus.
    2. Satirical gest thrust upon the audience.
  3. The music for 'Mac the Knife'.
  4. The Moritat-motif of the added sixth crops.
  5. Macheath and Jenny's 'Ballad of Immoral Earnings'.
  6. Conclusion: Weill's essay 'Gestus and Music'.
  7. Bibliography.

These characteristics which Salten describes seem to relate to the concept of gestus, which is a difficult word to interpret but nevertheless has become the crucial link connecting Brecht's theories of acting, playwriting and theatrical production. In epic theatre, actors become demonstrators of a character, rather than the characters themselves (rather than using Stanislavsky's method of acting, which relies on an actor "stepping into a character's shoes"). Brecht intended his actors to always remember that they were playing another person's story and emotions. Most importantly, epic performers are always concerned with wider social relations, rather than the egoism of becoming wrapped up in one's character. Gestus expresses these wider social relations with "the idea of contradiction and opposition and the need to find a visible and theatrically effective way of expressing both opposites and the unity of these opposites" (Morley 186).

Top sold for literature

Defining and Studying the Modern African Diaspora (Colin Palmer)

 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  School essay   |  09/14/2007   |   .doc   |   2 pages

Society Woman: Days of a Russian Noblewoman

 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  Presentation   |  05/29/2008   |   .doc   |   5 pages

Recent documents in literature category

Stitches. A Memoir - David Small (2010)

 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  Book review   |  01/27/2020   |   .doc   |   2 pages

The Submission essay - Amy Waldman (2011)

 Philosophy & literature   |  Literature   |  Book review   |  01/24/2020   |   .doc   |   3 pages