By Berg, Alban; Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest; Floros, Constantin
The critical element of this e-book is the conclusion that the inventive paintings of Alban Berg, which lately has moved to the leading edge of scholarly curiosity, is essentially rooted in autobiography, in order that hence you can actually achieve entry to the song by means of learning the inner biography of its author. hence, the 1st of the 3 elements of this quantity outlines a personality portrait of this nice composer. half considers the stipulations proper to a deeper realizing of Berg and of the second one Viennese institution typically. partly 3, then, Berg’s key works can be analyzed and semantically deciphered by way of his inner biography. The research relies not just at the assets in print but additionally at the wealthy unpublished fabric. Alban Berg was once incapable of composing and not using a software. He wanted an extra-musical stimulus. With him, own event used to be the critical situation of the inventive technique: the autobiographic reference was once all-important for composing
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Extra resources for Alban Berg: Music as Autobiography. Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch
In a way, the country offered him protection from the city, which to him was something of a menace. As soon as he set out for the country, he felt liberated from daily cares and irksome duties. In the country he was able to work intensively and concentratedly. Two passages in his letters provide us with information about his way of working. ), then to the car to drive between 30 and 120 kilometers. To bed around 9:30 or 10. And to Schönberg he reported on August 26, 1932, also from the Berghof: Back in Trahütten when I wrote Wozzeck and the Lyric Suite, I really worked all day.
This goes so far with me that in the one situation I can hardly understand the other. And now I am stuck again so completely in the midst of this miserable city life that the sun and air of Trahütten, and places there that keep rising up in my thoughts again and again, seem as if from a fairytale. Webern incidentally felt much like Berg: he, too, dreamed of a creative life in the country. On August 17, 1917, he wrote: My dream: a beautiful house in the country, next to Schönberg, and then work.
750) “Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. ” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ch. III (Quotation Collection, no. 949) Many of those who knew Berg personally, or were closely associated with him, concurred in testifying to his love of humanity. The publisher Hans W. 89 Berg was a confirmed pacifist, who loathed the horrors of war. The letters to his friends and to his wife make clear that the war years 1914 to 1918 took their toll of him as well. Especially the time of his military service was excruciating to him.