We tend to think of great music — and indeed all art — as universal and timeless, transcending the specific circumstances of inspiration. Thus Beethoven may have penned his "Eroica" Symphony in tribute to Napoleon, but its potent subtext of heroism, grief and triumph resonate years later and undoubtedly will be equally effective for generations to come. Yet, some works, while continuing to speak to us across the ages, are very much of their time — from Handel's Water Music conjuring the splendor of baroque royalty to George Crumb's Black Angels evoking the confusion and pain of the Vietnam War. Die Dreigroschenoper "The Threepenny Opera" unmistakably recalls Berlin on a precipice between the World Wars, when the vacuum of its shattered culture eagerly embraced new influences, especially the intrigue of American movies and jazz, with a decadent zest fueled by the desperation of a crashed economy and social unrest.
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Macheath Harald Paulsen in prison, with Mrs. Peachum baritone , Mrs. Speaking roles -- Filch, the Rev. Kimball, the gang of thieves, beggars, prostitutes, policemen. Orchestra : alto sax fl, cl, bar. Guide to orchestration, territory abbreviations, and publishers' symbols. After the overture , the Street Singer comes onstage with a barrel organ and sings of the notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath, Mack the Knife " Moritat von Mackie Messer ".
The setting is a fair in Soho London , just before Queen Victoria's coronation. Act I begins in the shop of Jonathan Peachum " Morgenchoral des Peachum " , who controls London's beggars, equipping and training them in return for a cut of their "earnings. The scene shifts to an empty stable where Macheath is about to marry Polly, as soon as his gang has stolen and brought all the necessary food and furnishings " Hochzeitslied ".
No vows are exchanged, but Polly is satisfied, and everyone sits down to a banquet. The gang gets nervous when Chief of Police Tiger Brown arrives, but Brown turns out to be an old army buddy of Mack's " Kanonensong " who has saved him from arrest all these years.
Everyone else exits and Mack and Polly celebrate their love " Liebeslied ". Then Polly returns home and defiantly announces her marriage " Barbarasong ".
She stands fast against Mr. Peachum's anger, but she does let slip Mack's ties to Brown. This revelation gives Mr. Peachum an idea about how to snare Mack, and the trio meditates on the world's corruption " Erstes Dreigroschenfinale ". Polly tells Mack that her father will have him arrested. He makes arrangements to leave London, explaining his bandit "business" to Polly so she can manage it in his absence, and he departs " Melodram " and " Pollys Lied ".
Polly decisively takes over the gang as Mrs. Brown arrives and apologetically arrests Mack, who goes to jail. He bribes the guard to remove his handcuffs " Ballade vom angenehmen Leben " ; then another girlfriend, Lucy--Brown's daughter--and Polly show up at the same time, leading to a nasty argument " Eifersuchtsduett ".
After Polly leaves, Lucy engineers Mack's escape. When Mr. Peachum finds out, he threatens to unleash the beggars during the coronation parade and forces Brown to go after Mack. The action stops for another meditation on the unpleasant human condition " Zweites Dreigroschenfinale ". Jenny comes to the Peachums' shop to demand her bribe money, which Mrs. Peachum refuses to pay.
Jenny reveals that Mack is at Suky Tawdry's house. When Brown arrives, determined to arrest Peachum and the beggars, he is horrified to learn that the beggars are already in position and only Mr. To placate Peachum, Brown's only option is to arrest Mack and have him executed. Jenny mourns Mack's plight " Salomonsong ". In the next scene, Mack is back in jail " Ruf aus der Gruft ". He begs the gang to raise a sufficient bribe, but they cannot " Ruf aus der Gruft" part 2.
Then a sudden reversal: A messenger on horseback arrives to announce that Macheath has been pardoned by the Queen and granted a castle and pension " Drittes Dreigroschenfinale ". Toggle navigation. Threepenny Opera website. Learn more about this work. Synopsis Prologue After the overture , the Street Singer comes onstage with a barrel organ and sings of the notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath, Mack the Knife " Moritat von Mackie Messer ". Act I Act I begins in the shop of Jonathan Peachum " Morgenchoral des Peachum " , who controls London's beggars, equipping and training them in return for a cut of their "earnings.
Act II Polly tells Mack that her father will have him arrested. Charles Adler, cond. Pabst, dir. Raul Julia, Caroline Kava, C.
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The Threepenny Opera. Production: Warner Bros. Released 19 February , Berlin. Filmed in Berlin. Bachmann, Gideon, editor, "Six Talks on G. Pabst," in Cinemages New York , no. Brecht, Bertolt, and V.