Music: Echo from Berlin

Glamour, in the despairing Berlin of the early '30s, wore the face of "a disillusioned child singing outside a public house." The voice was husky with melancholy, the song a loose shrug of defiance: // someone's going to kick, it's going to be me And if someone gets kicked, it'll be you.

The "child," as Observer Margot Asquith described her, was Singer Lotte Lenya. The song was by her husband, Composer Kurt Weill, who celebrated the mood of his German generation in such gorgeously tawdry musical plays as The Threepenny Opera and Mahagonny. Last week,...

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