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Symbolism and Expressionism in Other Early Twentieth‐Century Operas

Elliott Antokoletz

in Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195365825
eISBN:
9780199868865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Opera

In the Vienna of Sigmund Freud, Strauss's Elektra represented a move toward expressionism and the transformation of late 19th-century chromatic tonality. This trend was continued in Schoenberg's ... 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


The Voice in 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/9780199764068.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of Berg's contribution to the 1929 yearbook of Universal Edition, which followed up on the highly successful 1926 yearbook. In his article, Berg focused on the ... More


Wozzeck

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/9780190931445.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 5 offers a broad historical background for and analysis of the opera Wozzeck. Berg’s interest in adapting Georg Büchner’s play Wozzeck as an operatic text began in 1914 after seeing the work ... More


Backstage at the Opera

Arthur Berger

in Reflections of an American Composer

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232518
eISBN:
9780520928213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232518.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter highlights the author's personal experience of opera. His earliest experience as an opera viewer is that of attending his first contemporary opera, which happened to be Alban Berg's ... More


The War and Its Aftermath, 1914–20

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/9780190931445.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In this chapter Berg’s service in the Austrian military is outlined. He began as an officer trainee in the infantry, but a health crisis led to his reassignment in guard duty and later in office work ... More


International Acclaim, 1923–25

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/9780190931445.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Shortly after completing the opera Wozzeck, Berg emerged from relative obscurity to international prominence through performances of his earlier music. The premiere of Wozzeck in Berlin in 1925 was a ... 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


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


A Few Remarks on Staging the 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/9780199764068.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter presents a translation of an article by Berg where he provides instructions on the staging of Wozzeck. His instructions contain unique information about the general mood that he intended ... More


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