Weill, The Threepenny Opera
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Classical music inspired by the Jazz Age
10. Weill, The Threepenny Opera
European swing, American jazz, and opera. It's all there in Weill's 1928 opera, set, unexpectedly, in Victorian London. The opening song, The Ballad of Mackie Messer, translated into English as Mack the Knife, has now become a jazz standard in its own right.