The Threepenny Opera

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Score

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  • Original score

    • Moritat vom Mackie Messer
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Mack the Knife
      • a.k.a. Mack the Knife
      • a.k.a. Moritat
      • a.k.a. Moritat (Ballad of Mack the Knife)
      • a.k.a. Prologue ? Street Crier's Ballad of Mackie the Knife
      • a.k.a. PROLOGUE: Ballad of Mack the Knife
      • a.k.a. Song of the Extraordinary Crimes of Mac the Knife
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Mac the Knife
      • a.k.a. The Flick Knife Song
      • a.k.a. The Legend of Mackie Messer
      • a.k.a. The Moritat of Mackie the Knife
    • Morgenchoral des Peachum
      • a.k.a. Morning Anthem
      • a.k.a. Mr. Jonathan Peachum's Morning Chorale
      • a.k.a. Mr. Peachum's Morning Hymn
      • a.k.a. Peachum's Morning Anthem
      • a.k.a. Peachum's Morning Hymn
      • a.k.a. Peachum's Morning Song
    • Anstatt daÃ?-Song
      • a.k.a. Instead-Of Song
      • a.k.a. Kids Today
      • a.k.a. Mr. and Mrs. Peachum's 'Instead Of' Song
      • a.k.a. The
      • a.k.a. The 'Rather Than' Song
      • a.k.a. The I-for-One Song
      • a.k.a. Why-Can't-They Song
    • Hochzeitslied
      • a.k.a. Gang Song
      • a.k.a. The Wedding Song
      • a.k.a. Wedding Song
      • a.k.a. Wedding Song for Polly and Macheath, by the Boys
      • a.k.a. Wedding Song for Poor People
      • a.k.a. Wedding Song for Poorer People
      • a.k.a. Wedding Song for the Less Well-Off
    • Seeräuberjenny
      • a.k.a. Pirate Jenny
      • a.k.a. Pirate Jenny or Dreams of a Kitchen Maid
      • a.k.a. Pirate-Jenny or Dreams of a Kitchen Maid
      • a.k.a. Polly's Song of Jenny the Pirate
      • a.k.a. The Pirate Jenny
    • Kanonen-Song
      • a.k.a. Army Song
      • a.k.a. Cannon Song
      • a.k.a. Duet in Canon, of Macheath and Brown
      • a.k.a. Soldiers' Song
      • a.k.a. Squaddies Song
      • a.k.a. The Cannon Song
      • a.k.a. The Soldiers' Song
      • a.k.a. The Song of the Heavy Cannon
    • Liebeslied
      • a.k.a. Love Duet
      • a.k.a. Love Duet of Macheath and Polly
      • a.k.a. Love Song
      • a.k.a. Moon Over Soho
    • Barbarasong
      • a.k.a. Barbara Song
      • a.k.a. Barbara-Song
      • a.k.a. In a Little Song Polly Gives Her Parents a Hint of Her Marriage to the Gangster Macheath
      • a.k.a. Lucy Song
      • a.k.a. Polly's Barbara Song
      • a.k.a. The 'No' Song
      • a.k.a. The Song of No and Yes
    • Erstes Dreigroschenfinale
      • a.k.a. 1st THREEPENNY FINALE : The World Is Mean
      • a.k.a. 1st Threepenny Finale: The World Is Mean
      • a.k.a. Certain Things Make Our Life Impossible
      • a.k.a. Finale Act I: The Uncertainty of Human Conditions
      • a.k.a. First 3 Penny Finale
      • a.k.a. First Act Finale
      • a.k.a. First Finale
      • a.k.a. First Threepenny Finale
      • a.k.a. First Threepenny Finale: The World Is Mean
      • a.k.a. Life's a Bitch
      • a.k.a. On the Uncertainty of Human Circumstances
      • a.k.a. The Uncertainty of Human Conditions
      • a.k.a. The World is Hard
      • a.k.a. The World is Mean
    • Melodram
      • a.k.a. Farewell Duet of Polly and Macheath
      • a.k.a. Farewell Song
      • a.k.a. Goodbye
      • a.k.a. Goodbye Song
      • a.k.a. Melodrama
    • Pollys Lied
      • a.k.a. Melodrama & Polly's Song
      • a.k.a. Polly's Farewell Song
      • a.k.a. Polly's Song
    • Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Dependency
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Sexual Dependency
      • a.k.a. Ballad of the Prisoner of Sex
      • a.k.a. Sexual Slavery
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Dependency
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Sexual Imperative
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Sexual Obsession
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Sexual Submissiveness
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of the Overwhelming Power of Sex
    • Zuhälterballade
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Immoral Earnings
      • a.k.a. Ballad of the Fancy Man
      • a.k.a. Knocking Shop Tango
      • a.k.a. Pimp's Ballad (Tango)
      • a.k.a. Tango
      • a.k.a. Tango Ballad
      • a.k.a. Tango Ballad of Jenny, the Courtesan, and Macheath, Her Protector
      • a.k.a. Tango Ballade
      • a.k.a. Tango-Ballad
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of the Fancy Man
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of the Pimp
      • a.k.a. The Procurer's Ballad
    • Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Good Living
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Gracious Living
      • a.k.a. Ballad of Living in Style
      • a.k.a. Ballad of the Easy Life
      • a.k.a. Ballad of the Easy Life
      • a.k.a. Easy Life
      • a.k.a. Macheath's Ballad of the Easy Life
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of Pleasant Living
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of the Easy Life
      • a.k.a. The Ballad of the Happy Life
      • a.k.a. The Easy Life
      • a.k.a. The Secret of Gracious Living
    • Eifersuchtsduett
      • a.k.a. Jealousy Duet
      • a.k.a. Jealousy Duet of Lucy and Polly
      • a.k.a. The Jealousy Duet
    • Zweites Dreigroschenfinale
      • a.k.a. 2nd THREEPENNY FINALE : How to Survive
      • a.k.a. 2nd Threepenny Finale: How to Survive
      • a.k.a. Act II Finale
      • a.k.a. Finale Act II: What Keeps Mankind Alive?
      • a.k.a. How Do Humans Live
      • a.k.a. How to Survive
      • a.k.a. Second 3 Penny Finale
      • a.k.a. Second Finale
      • a.k.a. Second Threepenny Finale
      • a.k.a. Second Threepenny Finale: How to Survive
      • a.k.a. What Keeps a Man Alive?
      • a.k.a. What Keeps Mankind Alive?
    • Lied von der Unzulänglichkeit menschlichen Strebens
      • a.k.a. Peachum Explains the Futility of Human Strivings
      • a.k.a. Solidarity Song
      • a.k.a. Song of Futility
      • a.k.a. Song of the Aimlessness of Life
      • a.k.a. Song of the Insufficiency of Human Endeavor
      • a.k.a. The Song About Inadequacy
      • a.k.a. The Song of Inadequacy of Human Striving
      • a.k.a. The Song of the Futility of All Human Endeavor
      • a.k.a. Useless Song
      • a.k.a. What's the Point?
    • Salomonsong
      • a.k.a. Jenny's Song of Solomon
      • a.k.a. Solomon Song
      • a.k.a. Song of Solomon
      • a.k.a. The Socrates Song
      • a.k.a. The Song of Solomon
    • Ruf aus der Gruft
      • a.k.a. A Call from the Grave
      • a.k.a. Call from the Grave
      • a.k.a. Cry from the Dungeon
      • a.k.a. Cry from the Grave
      • a.k.a. Inside the Tomb
      • a.k.a. Macheath's Cry From the Shadow of the Grave
    • Grabschrift
      • a.k.a. Ballad in Which Macheath Asks Everyone for Forgiveness
      • a.k.a. Ballad in Which Macheath Begs All Men for Forgiveness
      • a.k.a. Ballad in Which Macheath Begs All Mens' Forgiveness
      • a.k.a. Ballad in which Macheath Begs Pardon of All
      • a.k.a. Death Message
      • a.k.a. Epitaph
      • a.k.a. Macheath's Letter From the Grave
      • a.k.a. Pardon Me
      • a.k.a. Testament
      • a.k.a. The Ballad in which Macheath asks Everyone's Forgiveness
    • Drittes Dreigroschenfinale
      • a.k.a. 3rd THREEPENNY FINALE : The Mounted Messenger
      • a.k.a. 3rd Threepenny Finale: The Mounted Messenger
      • a.k.a. Act III Finale
      • a.k.a. Finale
      • a.k.a. Finale of The Three Penny Opera
      • a.k.a. The Arrival of the Mounted Messenger
      • a.k.a. The Mounted Messenger
      • a.k.a. The Riding Messenger
      • a.k.a. Third 3 Penny Finale
      • a.k.a. Third Finale
      • a.k.a. Third Threepenny Finale
      • a.k.a. Third Threepenny Finale: The Mounted Messenger

  • Cut prior to Berlin opening


  • Added to 1954 revival


  • Status unknown


  • Added to some later productions



Studio Cast Recordings

Recordings listed here were done in the studio specifically to release as recordings. They do not represent cast recordings of a particular production.

Vanguard Studio Cast (1956)
Liane, Anny Felbermayer, Helge Roswaenge, Hedy Fassler, Alfred Jerger
Columbia / Philips Recording (1958)
Wolfgang Neuss, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Trude Hesterburg, Erich Schellow, Johanna von Köczian
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Studio Cast (1963)
Stella Moray, Mike Sammes, John Huw Davies
Studio Cast (1990)
René Kollo, Mario Adorf, Helga Dernesch, Ute Lemper, Milva

Demos & Pre-Production Recordings

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Source Material

Based on The Beggar's Opera by John Gay (as translated to German by Elisabeth Hauptman)


Synopsis


Trivia & History

Although the show was produced on a small scale in Germany and the United States after World War II, Weill and Brecht both wanted to see a major production done in the U.S. (There had been an unsuccessful Broadway production in 1933.) In Europe, the Nazis had banned all of Brecht and Weill's works because they were deemed "degenerate." It has been said that at the display of degenerate art at the Neues Museum in Berlin, recordings of The Threepenny Opera were played constantly as an example. But Weill and Brecht were never able to reach agreement about a second major U.S. production.

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Alternate Titles

  • The 3-Penny Opera (1933 Broadway title)
  • The 3Penny Opera (alternate title)
  • Die Luder-Oper (working title)
  • Die Dreigroschen Oper (German film title)
  • Die Dreigroschenoper (original German title)
  • Gesindle (working title)
  • Mack the Knife (film title)
  • Scum (English translation of working title)
  • The Beggar's Opera (source material)
  • 3 Penny Opera (1989 Broadway revival title)


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