Neher, Caspar

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Caspar Neher, who became one of the leading stage designers in Europe from the 1920's until his death in 1962 and was in his youth a schoolmate and friend of Bertolt Brecht, began his career by collaborating with the young author, and later collaborated repeatedly with Brecht and Weill--with both together and each separately.

Among the stage designs for which he achieved renown are those for Die Dreigroschenoper, in which he worked together with both of them--and in which the composer's wife, Lotte Lenya, played an important role. He collaborated with Weill (alone) by providing both stage designs and libretto for Die Bürgschaft (Berlin, 1932; revived there in 1957, again with his stage designs). In addition, he provided stage designs for over 700 other productions of operas and plays in Germany, Austria, England, and other countries.

From the description of Papers of Caspar and Erika Neher relating to Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1947-1961. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison). WorldCat record id: 122469675

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creatorOf Neher, Caspar, 1897-1962. Music sources for Kurt Weill's Bürgschaft in the collection of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, 1930-[ongoing]. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Weill-collaborators correspondence, 1925-1950. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Weill-Lenya correspondence, 1925-1948. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical costume designs, ca. 1914-1978. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf NEHER, CASPAR. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn Weill-Lenya Research Center collection of performance history records of Die Bürgschaft, 1932-[ongoing] (1932-1933, 1957-9999). Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Correspondence, 1920-1950. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Papers, ca. 1915-1979 (bulk, 1935-1950). Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
creatorOf Detwiler, Russell. Paintings and other original art works in the collections of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, [1928]-[ongoing]. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
creatorOf Neher, Caspar, 1897-1962. Papers of Caspar and Erika Neher relating to Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1947-1961. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. The papers of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1890-1984 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Lenya, Lotte, 1898-1981. Personal correspondence, 1922-1981 (bulk, 1950-1981). Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. The papers of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, 1890-1984 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950. Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., New York?], 16 February 1947, to Cas[par Neher], 1947 Feb. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Feuchtwanger, Marta,. An oral history interview with Marta Feuchtwanger / conducted for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music by David Farenth, Los Angeles, 1984 April 3 : recording and transcript. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
referencedIn Lenya, Lotte, 1898-1981. General correspondence, [ca. 1920]-1981. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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Birth 1897-04-11

Death 1962-06-30

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