- Allen Woll
Weill, Kurt (02 March 1900–03 April 1950), composer of classical and popular music, was born Curt Julian Weill in Dessau, Germany, the son of Albert Weill and Emma Ackermann. His father, a cantor and religious educator, first introduced his son to the piano, and by the time he was twelve, Kurt was already beginning to compose. He then continued his formal music education in school while learning the demands of the world of opera and theater at the nearby Herzogliches Hoftheater as an accompanist and musical coach for the performers. He continued his musical studies in Berlin, studying composition with Engelbert Humperdinck, but family financial difficulties forced him to return home in 1919. After continuing his work in both the worlds of theater and composition, he later returned to Berlin’s Prussian Academy of Arts to study with the composer Ferruccio Busoni, who furthered Weill’s interests in composition. While in Berlin, he met his wife, ...