Alban Berg and His World (The Bard Music Festival) by Christopher Hailey

By Christopher Hailey

Alban Berg and His international is a suite of essays and resource fabric that repositions Berg because the pivotal determine of Viennese musical modernism. His allegiance to the austere rigor of Arnold Schoenberg's musical revolution was once balanced by means of a lifelong devotion to the nice and cozy sensuousness of Viennese musical culture and a love of lyric utterance, the emotional depth of opera, and the expressive nuance of late-Romantic tonal practice.

The essays during this assortment discover the categorical traits of Berg's model of musical modernism, and current newly translated letters and records that light up his dating to the politics and tradition of his period. Of specific importance are the 1st translations of Berg's newly came upon level paintings evening (Nocturne), Hermann Watznauer's intimate account of Berg's early years, and the recognized memorial factor of the track periodical 23. participants contemplate Berg's fascination with palindromes and replicate photos and their courting to notions of time and identification; the Viennese roots of his precise orchestral variety; his hyperlinks to such Viennese contemporaries as Alexander Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and his makes an attempt to move during the perilous shoals of gender, race, and fascist politics.

The members are Antony Beaumont, Leon Botstein, Regina Busch, Nicholas Chadwick, Mark DeVoto, Douglas Jarman, Sherry Lee, and Margaret Notley.

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20. F21 Berg 755/2. 21. Berg was nominated for membership in the Academy by Schoenberg and Schreker at the beginning of 1929; he was appointed in January 1930. 22. 1. 23. 2. ” 24. See especially Jalowetz’s letter of 15 March 1933 (F21 Berg 892/22): “You know, of course, what’s happening here. It is also likely that all Jewish artists will be dismissed. Although I still have a year left in my contract and my Intendant tells me he’ll stand up for me, he fears, as he himself told me today, that my contract will be of no use.

He spoke little, but one nevertheless had the feeling that he took a lively part in social intercourse. Each of his movements was deliberate, calm, and showed complete propriety. 12 Death had already lodged itself in the chief organ of life. From time to time the heart refused its support; it was no longer willing to function properly. Conrad Berg, however, was not a man to accept defeat. He did not allow himself any sort of respite, continued to work unceasingly, behaved as if nothing was the matter and was prepared to take the risk – – 4.

These all-consuming tasks were no doubt performed at the expense of his own compositional activity and slowed the dissemination of his works. Ironically, it was the war, during which Berg was spared from frontline service, as well as a lengthy estrangement from Schoenberg and other members of his inner circle, that gave Berg the freedom to pursue his own projects, most especially Wozzeck. The emotional strain of that period is clearly reflected in his play fragment, Night (Nocturne), and displaced, again, in Wozzeck.

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