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The Cambridge Companion to Berg

The Cambridge Companion to Berg


Part of Cambridge Companions to Music

Christopher Hailey, Andrew Barker, Raymond Geuss, Anthony Pople, Kathryn Bailey, Derrick Puffett, Douglas Jarman, Patricia Hall, Neil Boynton, Judy Lochhead, Arnold Whittall
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  • Date Published: April 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521564892

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  • The world of Alban Berg is full of paradoxes, secrets and allusions, but he was able to handle emotional and moral issues at a distance and with profound sympathy. His unhurried, almost aristocratic attitude to life and his extreme self-criticism in professional matters resulted in an extraordinarily small musical output, but it includes towering masterpieces such as the operas Wozzeck and Lulu, and his last work, the Violin Concerto. All of Berg's substantial works are discussed in this Companion which brings together a team of experts who write from a variety of historical and critical perspectives, outlining the place of the music in the cultural history of its time and recontextualising it against the broader twentieth-century interplay of fashions, aesthetics and ideas.

    • Covers all Berg's major works, especially the operas Lulu and Wozzeck
    • Provides fascinating insights into the cultural and musical life of early-twentieth-century Vienna
    • Contains a revealing chapter on Berg and T. W. Adorno, his composition pupil
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    '… offers an ideal introduction for the general musical reader to the music itself.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… this is an intelligent and useful addition to the Berg literature'. The Musical Times

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    • Date Published: April 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521564892
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 80 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Culture and Environment:
    1. Defining home: Berg's life on the periphery Christopher Hailey
    2. Battles of the mind: Berg and the cultural politics of 'Vienna 1900' Andrew Barker
    3. Berg and Adorno Raymond Geuss
    Part II. From Song to Opera:
    4. Early works: tonality and beyond Anthony Pople
    5. Berg's aphoristic pieces Kathryn Bailey
    6. Berg, Mahler and the Three Orchestral Pieces, Op.6 Derrick Puffett
    7. The musical language of Wozzeck Anthony Pople
    Part III. After Wozzeck:
    8. Secret programmes Douglas Jarman
    9. Compositional process in Wozzeck and Lulu: a glimpse of Berg's atonal method Patricia Hall
    10. Compositional technique 1923–6: the Chamber Concerto and the Lyric Suite Neil Boynton
    11. In the orbit of Lulu: the late works Anthony Pople
    12. Lulu's feminine performance Judy Lochhead
    Part IV. Postscript: Berg and the twentieth century Arnold Whittall.

  • Editor

    Anthony Pople, University of Nottingham


    Christopher Hailey, Andrew Barker, Raymond Geuss, Anthony Pople, Kathryn Bailey, Derrick Puffett, Douglas Jarman, Patricia Hall, Neil Boynton, Judy Lochhead, Arnold Whittall

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