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Helene Berg and the Management of Berg’s Legacy, 1936–76

Simms Bryan

in Berg

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190931445
eISBN:
9780190931476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190931445.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Following Berg’s death the most pressing problem was the completion of the opera Lulu. Universal Edition contracted with Arnold Schoenberg to complete the work but Schoenberg subsequently declined. ... More


Commentary on Essays, Lectures, and Analyses

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter summarizes the essays, lectures, and analyses of Alban Berg provided in the preceding chapters. These include the essay “The Musical Impotence of Hans Pfitzner's Die neue Ästhetik” ... More


Quarantined Material: Husbands as Customers and Other Problems in Interpreting Act 3 of Berg’s Lulu

Margaret Notley

in "Taken by the Devil": The Censorship of Frank Wedekind and Alban Berg's Lulu

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190069865
eISBN:
9780190069896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190069865.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera

Two out of three Liebestod passages in Lulu appear in Act 3; at the same time, Berg based Act 3 entirely on quarantined material from the Ur-Lulu, Acts 2 and 3 of Die Büchse der Pandora. This chapter ... More


Introduction

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0022
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the start of Alban Berg's interest in writing, followed by a survey Berg's literary works and a discussion of efforts to expand his corpus ... More


“The Last Days of Mankind”

Glenn Watkins

in Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231580
eISBN:
9780520927896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231580.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, American

In a letter to Gerty von Hofmannsthal on August 22, 1914, Richard Strauss registered pride in Germany's initial battlefield successes during the Great War. On September 12, however, it was reported ... More


There Is No Such Thing as the Composer’s Voice

Seth Brodsky

in The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226656397
eISBN:
9780226656427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter revisits a venerable trope in music studies—“the composer’s voice” as coined by Edward T. Cone in 1974—from the perspective of a “long modernism” that stretches back to the early 19th ... More


Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Bryan R. Simms (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book contains new English translations of the complete writings of the Viennese composer Alban Berg (1885–1935) and extensive commentaries tracing the history of each piece of work and its ... More


"Taken by the Devil": The Censorship of Frank Wedekind and Alban Berg's Lulu

Margaret Notley

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190069865
eISBN:
9780190069896
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190069865.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

The book takes censorship as an entry point into Berg’s Lulu. Beginning in 1894 with the suppression of the Ur-Lulu, Wedekind’s original play, responses to acts of censorship played a role in ... More


Lecture on Wozzeck: The “Atonal Opera”

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of Berg's lecture on Wozzeck. His main objective was to underscore the structural regularity and traditional elements of the work and thus to oppose the caricature ... More


Berg

Bryan R. Simms and Charlotte Erwin

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190931445
eISBN:
9780190931476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190931445.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book contains a new study of the life and works of the composer Alban Berg (1885–1935). The major events in his life are recounted, based on a reassessment of archival documents, correspondence, ... More


Commentary on the Schoenberg Guides

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a commentary on the guides, or thematic analyses, written by Berg between 1913 and 1920, to three major works by his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg. The earliest was on Schoenberg's ... More


“The Path to the New Music”: Mödling, 1918–1925

Joseph Auner

in A Schoenberg Reader: Documents of a Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095401
eISBN:
9780300127126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095401.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Arnold Schoenberg has long been interested in reforming concert life, as seen in his activities with the Society of Creative Musicians in 1904. This interest resurfaced after World War I as part of ... More


Conclusion: Palimpsests, Love Deaths, and Discrepancies

Margaret Notley

in "Taken by the Devil": The Censorship of Frank Wedekind and Alban Berg's Lulu

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190069865
eISBN:
9780190069896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190069865.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Opera

The conclusion discusses three factors central to the book’s arguments: the status of Wedekind’s censored plays as palimpsests, Berg’s affinity for Liebestod effects in the music he composed for ... More


Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto: An Open Letter

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of Berg's Open Letter on the Chamber Concerto for the February 1925 issue of Pult und Taktstock. In the letter, addressed to Schoenberg, Berg analyzes aspects of ... More


Credo

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0018
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of the article that Berg wrote for the January 1930 issue of Berlin journal Die Musik, which was to be devoted to the music of J. S. Bach. In the article, Berg ... More


Arnold Schoenberg, Gurrelieder:: Guide

J. P. Jacobsen and Rob[ert] F. Arnold

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of Berg's Guide to Schoenberg's massive cantata Gurrelieder. This thematic analysis was his earliest important essay and the longest of any of his writings. Rather ... More


What Is Atonal?: A Dialogue

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of Berg's dialogue which was delivered on Radio Vienna on 23 April 1930. The dialogue took the form of a conversation between Berg and the music critic Julius ... More


Curtain

Gundula Kreuzer

in Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520279681
eISBN:
9780520966550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279681.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter explores how the proscenium curtain, previously simply a spatial and temporal frame for the performance, increasingly mediated between sound and sight. In the late eighteenth century, ... More


Two Analyses of the Lyric Suite

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents translations of Berg's two analyses of The Lyric Suite for string quartet (1925–26), which was his first major twelve-tone composition. In the first analysis, Berg describes the ... More


The Musical Forms in My Opera Wozzeck

Bryan R. Simms

in Pro Mundo - Pro Domo: The Writings of Alban Berg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199764068
eISBN:
9780190268213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199764068.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of Berg's article, which he wrote in response to Emil Petschnig's criticism of his opera Wozzeck. Petschnig was a Viennese composer and teacher of music theory. In ... More


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