Kurt Weill Autograph musical manuscript 1942 Song of the Free

31 Mar

Eminent German-American composer (1900–1950) best known for such evergreen stage works as the Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, and Knickerbocker Holiday. A number of his songs, including ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘September Song,’ take a place among the most durable standards of the 20th century. Scarce autograph musical manuscript, 9.5 x 12.25, six pages on three sets of adjoining musically lined sheets within a 10.25 x 13.25 cover folder, signed and inscribed on the front in bold fountain pen, “The Manuscript of The Song of the Free (The United Nations Anthem), for Gertrude Lawrence as a token of my undying affection, Kurt Weill. New York City, May 30, 1942.” Written entirely in Weill’s hand, the manuscript is headed “Song of the Free by Archibald MacLeish, Music by Kurt Weill,” and contains the music and lyrics of the song in its entirety. Edge tears to the cover folder, and scattered creases and soiling (most significantly affecting the cover folder), otherwise fine condition.

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