"Alban Berg and His World" is a collection of essays and source material that repositions Berg as the pivotal figure of Viennese musical modernism. His allegiance to the austere rigor of Arnold Schoenberg's musical revolution was balanced by a lifelong devotion to the warm sensuousness of Viennese musical tradition and a love of lyric utterance, the emotional intensity of opera, and the expressive nuance of late-Romantic tonal practice
The essays in this collection explore the specific qualities of Berg's brand of musical modernism, and present newly translated letters and documents that illuminate his relationship to the politics and culture of his era. Of particular significance are the first translations of Berg's newly discovered stage work "Night (Nocturne)," Hermann Watznauer's intimate account of Berg's early years, and the famous memorial issue of the music periodical 23, as well as an in-depth exploration of Berg's treasured collection of favorite quotations from his extensive reading. Contributors consider Berg's fascination with palindromes and mirror images and their relationship to notions of time and identity; the Viennese roots of his distinctive orchestral style; his links to such Viennese contemporaries as Alexander Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and his attempts to maneuver through the perilous shoals of gender, race, and fascist politics.
The contributors are Antony Beaumont, Leon Botstein, Regina Busch, Nicholas Chadwick, Mark DeVoto, Douglas Jarman, Sherry Lee, and Margaret Notley.
Bard Music Festival:
Berg and His World
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
August 13-15, 2010 and August 20-22, 2010
"Hailey's introductory chapter is remarkable for the amount of evocative and trenchant detail he has managed to offer in a small space; it may well be the best writing about this milieu since Carl Schorske's Fin-de-Siecle Vienna thirty years ago... It is an unexpected delight that a real portrait emerges in this volume."--William R. Braun, Opera News "[This collection] should be welcomed ... as one of the most important and perceptive books on Berg to appear for many years."--Nicholas Baragwanath, Music and Letters "These translations alone make this a valuable contribution to our understanding of Berg the man as well as to Berg the composer."--Contemporary Review
Preface and Acknowledgments xiPermissions and Credits xvBerg's Worlds 3CHRISTOPHER HAILEYHermann Watznauer's Biography of Alban Berg 33TRANSLATED AND ANNOTATED BY NICK CHADWICKA Descriptive Overview of Berg's Night/Nocturne 91INTRODUCTION BY REGINA BUSCHTRANSLATED, EDITED, AND WITH COMMENTARY BY CHRISTOPHER HAILEYBerg and the Orchestra 133ANTONY BEAUMONT" . . . deinen Wuchs wie Musik": Portraits, Identities, and 163the Dynamics of Seeing in Berg's Operatic SphereSHERRY D. LEE"Remembrance of things that are to come": Some Reflections 195on Berg's PalindromesDOUGLAS JARMAN1934, Alban Berg, and the Shadow of Politics: Documents 223of a Troubled YearINTRODUCTION, TRANSLATIONS, AND COMMENTARY BY MARGARET NOTLEYAlban Berg zum Gedenken: The Berg Memorial Issue of 26923: A Viennese Music JournalTRANSLATED AND ANNOTATED BY MARK DEVOTOAlban Berg and the Memory of Modernism 299LEON BOTSTEINIndex 345Notes on the Contributors 359