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Zeitoper (jazz. This last, more than any social satire, earned the suspicion of the political right and ensured that it would not survive into the Nazi era.

Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf (1927) is held up as the epitome of the genre.[1][2] Other composers are Paul Hindemith (Hin und zurück, 1927, Neues vom Tage, 1929), Wilhelm Grosz (Achtung! Aufname! to a libretto by Bela Balazs), plus Weill's Der Zar lässt sich photographieren 1928, and Die Bürgschaft (1932).

At the possible instigation of Krenek, the American Arnold Schönberg attempted to have the last word on the fashion: at the end a child enters and asks the reconciled parents "What are modern people?" who respond with "That changes from one day to the next."



  1. ^ Warrack & West, p. ?
  2. ^ Sadie, p. 1221


  • Sadie, Stanley (ed.) (1998): "Zeitoper" in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, London. ISBN 0-333-73432-7
  • Warrack, John and West, Ewan (1992), The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5

Further reading

  • Cook, Susan C. (1988), Opera for a New Republic: the Zeitopern of Krenek, Weill and Hindemith. University of Michigan.

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