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Mac the Knife

Wendy is upset (as she always is) because I thought this song

was a rip off of this classic McDonald’s commercial

Anyone could have made this mistake.  Anyone I tell you.

I may never live this down.

2 Comments

  1. danaames says:

    Hi Jordon-

    You might be interested in going all the way back to the source – “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertholt Brecht and Kurt Weill, first performed in 1928.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threepenny_Opera
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertholt_Brecht
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Weill

    “Mack the Knife” is a type of song called a “Moritat,” a description of a series of deaths. This has a long history in Germany: “In Germany itinerant balladeers performed moritat or bänkelsang (bench song) banner shows for four centuries until the Nazis banned the practice in the 1940s. The German bänkelsang survives in Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera and in the performance work of Peter Schumann.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantastoria)

    Here is a German recording of Threepenny Opera with Lotte Lenya, Weill’s wife, who played Jenny often during her life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu0Ix22Cjo0

    Here is a recording of a “staged production” (singers only, no set or props) in English, with Leonard Bernstein conducting in 1952:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-lXRHZ2fTY

    This is also an interesting site: http://www.threepennyopera.org

    Dana

  2. Mike O says:

    Mac the Knife mentions Louie Miller. I actually worked with Louie Miller’s grandson!

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