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Alban Berg and His World Christopher Hailey

Alban Berg and His World

Christopher Hailey

Published August 29th 2010
ISBN : 9780691148564
Paperback
361 pages
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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 Schoenbergs musical revolution was balanced by aMoreAlban 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 Schoenbergs 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 Bergs 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 Bergs newly discovered stage work Night (Nocturne), Hermann Watznauers intimate account of Bergs early years, and the famous memorial issue of the music periodical 23. Contributors consider Bergs 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 WorldBard CollegeAnnandale-on-Hudson, New YorkAugust 13-15, 2010 and August 20-22, 2010