Sexual Obsession (Talking About Brecht, Here!)

So, one thing and another, stuff happens, and here we are, and I’m playing Mrs. Peachum in the Three Penny Opera, and I’ve got songs to sing, and our director gives us a CD so we could learn them, and I get to the first musical rehearsal and I have a song to sing and I can’t do it because I have No Idea What the Tune Is.  I mean, we’ve got a score and everything, and it has music and words, but music isn’t something I read really easily, not much, though I can follow to see if we’re going up or down or if we have to stop for a while, and the score has words too, in both German and English, but we’re not singing the German, and actually we’re not singing the English either, on account of we’re using a different translation.  Which is on the CD we’re listening to, but they only provide one verse of the song, and as I said, I can’t tell what the tune is, on account of really, the singer is not actually singing the tune itself, but something like it.  This being Brecht and all.

So the director told me that I had a lot of leeway and I could do what ever I liked.

Well, ok, but whatever leeway I’ve got, I had no idea what I was riffing off of, on account of, as I have mentioned, having no idea what the tune was.

Then the music director was playing around, and he played the song, and it was sweet and beautiful.  Woah, I said, that is really lovely!  Can we do it like that?

And the answer was yes.  But it was my job to go find out what the damn thing is supposed to sound like.

So I did.  And I will now provide you with all sort of links, in case you’ve been saying to yourself, through the years, what the hell IS the tune to that song, on account of your not having been able to figure it out, either.

Here is your list:  (You’re welcome.  It’s not everything.  I’ve selected.)

Here’s the one I had trouble deciphering, though NOW I can hear it.  Go Figure.  It’s the 1976 New York Shakespeare Company production;

Found this, but couldn’t really hear the mel0dy, yet — Candy. K. Sweet is singing, here.

But!  Marianne Faithful!  This I got.  Yay, Marianne.

Also, who knew!  Nina Hagen is sticking to the tune, too.

Well, and Trude Hesterberg, of course.

My favorite, though: Ute Lemper, having fun instead of being bitter.