Kurt Weill

German composer Kurt Weill emigrated to the United States in 1936, and his interest in American music and literature became a vital part of his music. Most notably, he set the poems of Walt Whitman to music in his Four Walt Whitman Songs.

Photo: Kurt Weill, 1928, Public Domain

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Weill has set the poetry of many American poets and writers, including Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Archibald Macleish, and Maxwell Anderson.

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–Christie Finn

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