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.
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 Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York August 13-15, 2010 and August 20-22, 2010
Christopher Hailey is the author of a biography of Franz Schreker and an editor of the German and English editions of the Berg/Schoenberg correspondence. He has published editions of scores by Berg and Schreker and is a cotranslator of Theodor Adorno's biography of Berg.
Preface and Acknowledgments xi Permissions and Credits xv Berg's Worlds 3 CHRISTOPHER HAILEY Hermann Watznauer's Biography of Alban Berg 33 TRANSLATED AND ANNOTATED BY NICK CHADWICK A Descriptive Overview of Berg's Night/Nocturne 91 INTRODUCTION BY REGINA BUSCH TRANSLATED, EDITED, AND WITH COMMENTARY BY CHRISTOPHER HAILEY Berg and the Orchestra 133 ANTONY BEAUMONT " ... deinen Wuchs wie Musik": Portraits, Identities, and 163 the Dynamics of Seeing in Berg's Operatic Sphere SHERRY D. LEE "Remembrance of things that are to come": Some Reflections 195 on Berg's Palindromes DOUGLAS JARMAN 1934, Alban Berg, and the Shadow of Politics: Documents 223 of a Troubled Year INTRODUCTION, TRANSLATIONS, AND COMMENTARY BY MARGARET NOTLEY Alban Berg zum Gedenken: The Berg Memorial Issue of 269 23: A Viennese Music Journal TRANSLATED AND ANNOTATED BY MARK DEVOTO Alban Berg and the Memory of Modernism 299 LEON BOTSTEIN Index 345 Notes on the Contributors 359