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EDH 010

KURT WEILL  (1900 - 1950)

In 1928, the Berliner Stadtwerke (Gas and Electricity Companies of the city of Berlin), in conjunction with the Berlin Festival, staged a huge illumination festival under the motto "Berlin im Licht". Entire neighborhoods, which had previously been illuminated only with kerosene lamps, shop windows and important buildings were now illuminated electrically. With this light festival, Berlin wanted to live up to its claim of being a cosmopolitan city.

In the context of this light festival also some cultural events with music were held. Kurt Weill composed the foxtrot song "Berlin im Licht" (Berlin in the Light) on behalf of the Berliner Stadtwerke. He presented two versions of his song. One version (for voice and piano) was performed by the actor-singer Paul Graetz during a night revue at the Kroll Opera House, while the other version (for wind orchestra) was premiered at an open-air concert conducted by Hermann Scherchen on October 15, 1928, at the Wittenbergplatz.


The basis for my version is Weill's original score for military band. I have extended the orchestration to today's modern wind orchestra, but have adopted the composer's sound intentions as far as possible. The percussion parts have been partially re-set and obvious mistakes in the original score have been corrected. The composition was transposed down a half tone.


My arrangement for wind orchestra is based on both the version for voice and piano by Kurt Weill and the arrangement for voice and jazz ensemble by Otto Lindemann. 

The two pieces are combined in one score. The scores are wire-stitched (no spiral binding) in 32x24 cm format.

The individual parts are delivered as PDF on a USB stick.


Price for set of 2:      score (printed) CHF 50.- /  parts (on USB stick) CHF 50.-                                                        Orders to:

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