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  Alban Berg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Berg was born in Vienna, the third of four children of Johanna and Conrad Berg.
Berg was a part of Vienna's cultural elite during the heady period of fin de siècle.
In 1906, Berg met Helene Nahowski, singer and daughter of a wealthy family, and despite the outward hostility of her family, married on May 3, 1911.
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 Alban Berg article - Alban Berg February 1885 December 24 1935 Austrian composer Second Viennese - What-Means.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alban Maria Johannes Berg (February 9, 1885 - December 24, 1935) was an Austrian composer.
Berg is probably best known for his Violin Concerto, which, like much of his work, combines atonality with tonal passages, and uses Schoenberg's twelve tone technique in a way as to admit Wagnerian harmonies.
Berg died on Christmas Eve, 1935, in Vienna, from blood poisoning caused by an insect bite.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Alban_Berg   (765 words)

 Decca Music Group - Composers
But Berg, who was born on 9 February 1885, was profoundly rooted in the old Vienna - the Vienna of daring, cosmopolitan creative minds: Sigmund Freud and his disciples, the writers Arthur Schnitzler and Karl Kraus, the painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, the architect Adolf Loos and the composers Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg.
Berg, a merchant's son, studied the piano from childhood on and began to compose when he was in his teens, but at the age of 19 he took a job as a bookkeeper.
Berg later arranged the second, third and fourth movements for string orchestra, and in that form they were first performed in Berlin on 31 January 1929, with Jascha Horenstein conducting, and are heard in the present recording.
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 Alban Berg
Berg's Piano Sonata op.1 (1908) is still tonal, but the Four Songs op.2 (1910) move away from key and the op.3 String Quartet (1910) is wholly atonal; it is also remarkable in sustaining, through motivic development, a larger span when the instrumental works of Schönberg and Webern were comparatively momentary.
Berg dedicated it to his wife Helene, whom he married in 1911.
This was Berg's first orchestral score, and though it shows an awareness of Schönberg, Mahler and Debussy, it is brilliantly conceived and points towards Wozzeck - and towards 12-note serialism, notably in its final passacaglia.
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 Alban Berg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Berg was born in Vienna and spent most of his life there.
Berg is probably best known for his Violin Concerto which like much of his work atonality with tonal passages and uses Schoenberg's twelve tone technique in a way as to admit Wagnerian harmonies.
Berg died on Christmas Eve 1935 in from blood poisoning caused by an insect bite.
www.freeglossary.com /Alban_Berg   (650 words)

 Encyclopedia: Alban Berg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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Wozzeck, which Berg completed in 1922, was not performed in its entireity until a performance conducted by Erich Kleiber in 1925.
Alban Bergs Violin Concerto was written in 1935 (the score is dated August 11, 1935).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Alban-Berg   (2341 words)

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Berg was born in Vienna and spent most of his life living there.
Schoenberg was a major influence on him; Berg not only greatly admired him as a composer, but many people believe that he saw him as a surrogate father (Berg's own father died when he was 15).
Wozzeck, which Berg had written between 1917 and 1922, was completed at that time, but was not performed until 1925 in a performance conducted by Erich Kleiber.
www.informationgenius.com /encyclopedia/a/al/alban_berg.html   (441 words)

 allmusic ((( Alban Berg > Biography )))
Alban Maria Johannes Berg is one of the central figures of twentieth century musical composition.
Berg's father was an export salesman, his mother the daughter of the Austrian Imperial jeweler.
Berg's next major work, the Chamber Concerto (1923-25) was among his first to demonstrate the influence of Schoenberg's 12-tone method, though the work does not make rigorous, consistent use of 12-tone practices.
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 Naxos.com, Your World of Classical Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alban Berg, with Anton Webern and their teacher Arnold Schoenberg, together make up the group of composers generally known as the Second Viennese School in the early years of the twentieth century.
Born in Vienna in 1885, Berg was the son of a prosperous businessman.
Berg’s father had died in 1900 and he persuaded his mother to allow him to give up the government career for which he had been trained in order to manage the family properties, enhanced by inheritance that settled them in the comfortable suburb of Hietzing, near the Palace of Schönbrunn.
www.naxos.com /mainsite?pn=Composers&char=B&ComposerID=95   (867 words)

 Alban Berg Biography
Alban's mother Johanna Anna Berg was the daughter of a Viennese citizen, and had forbears from Nordbohmen and Baden.
Alban's early piano lessons were from his sister's governess.
Berg and about 200 other "faithful" met Mahler at the train station at the time of his leaving to demonstrate their appreciation of his accomplishments.
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 OperaWorld.com's Opera Insights: Alban Berg
Among composers of the early twentieth century, Alban Maria Johannes Berg suffered most from recurring doubt of his own talent, a self-consciousness that inevitably hindered his own ability to complete and bring forth new works.
Berg's youth sheds light on his anxiety: Although blessed with a highly cultured childhood divided between the urbane pleasures of Viennese society and the lax pace of an Alpine retreat, Berg exhibited little special talent, or particular interest, in music.
However, when challenged by the non-musical elements of opera and programmatic music, the teacher and pupil sharply diverged, and Berg showed himself to be the more daring and inventive, if not successful, in works for the stage.
www.operaworld.com /special/berg1.shtml   (539 words)

 Alban Berg
Alban Berg's music demonstrates better than any other the individual expressive qualities possible within the highly structured style developed by the composers of the Second Viennese School.
Berg was born into a well-to-do family in Vienna and was encouraged in his intellectual pursuits.
Berg devised his pitch materials in such a way as to allow for rich, and surprisingly consonant, harmonies.
www.wwnorton.com /classical/composers/berg.htm   (504 words)

 Alban Berg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alban Berg was an Austrian composer, born in Vienna on February 2, 1885.
Berg was a student of Arnold Schoenberg beginning in 1904, and up to that point, he had written songs, but had no musical education.
Alban Berg died an early death in Vienna during the Nazi rise to power on December 24, 1935 before finishing the third act of his libretto for Lulu.
www.music.vt.edu /musicdictionary/appendix/Composers/B/AlbanBerg.html   (164 words)

 Alban Berg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The early sonata sketches eventually culminated in Berg's Piano Sonata Op.1 (1907–19088/); while considered to be his "graduating composition", is one of the most formidable Op.
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Other well known Berg compositions include the ''Lyric Suite'' (thought to be a big influence on the String Quartet No. 3 of Béla Bartók) and the ''Chamber musicChamber Concerto for violin, piano and 13 Woodwind instrumentwind/ instruments''.
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 Wozzeck - Alban Berg's Masterful Operatic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alban Berg's encounter with Georg Büchner's troublesome soldier play, at its Vienna premiere in the spring of 1914, was a life-transforming event.
Berg's musical style was the outcome of study with his domineering composition teacher, Arnold Schoenberg.
Perhaps Berg was influenced by Schoenberg's opus Erwartung, a frightening melodrama described by Theodor Adorno as 'the seismographic recording of traumatic shocks!" Erwartung's libretto had been written by a medical student, Marie Pappenheim, inspired by her cousin's psychoanalysis (as Anna O) with Freud.
www.scena.org /lsm/sm5-8/wozeck-en.htm   (1132 words)

 Berg, Alban (1885 - 1935)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Schoenberg's pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern, each with an individual musical language, put into practice the general principles of atonality, music without tonality or key-centre, and twelve-note music or serialism, music based on a series of the twelve semitones or half-steps of the modern scale.
Berg wrote two important operas, Wozzeck, a study of insanity, based on the play by Büchner, and the unfinished Lulu, based on Wedekind.
Berg's Violin Concerto and Chamber Concerto are an important part of 20th century repertoire.
www.naxos.com /composer/berg.htm   (132 words)

 Alban Berg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Berg wurde zusammen dem zwei Jahre älteren Anton Webern als Privatschüler aufgenommen und studierte insgesamt Jahre bei Schönberg.
Berg blieb zunächst untätig bis er April die ihn zutiefst erschütternde Nachricht vom der 18jährigen kindergelähmten Manon Gropius erhielt der Alma Mahler-Werfels aus der Ehe mit dem Architekten Walter Gropius.
Berg gelang das konstruktive Element mit dem expressiven derart zu verschmelzen dass von diesem Konzert ein erfahrbarer ergreifender Eindruck ausgeht auch ohne dass um die Umstände der Entstehung weiß oder der Zwölftontechnik ist.
www.uni-protokolle.de /Lexikon/Alban_Berg.html   (968 words)

 BBC - Music / Profiles - Alban Berg
Berg was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg’s, yet applied a freer, more lyrical and expressive approach to atonal and twelve-note music.
Alban Berg Quartet - EMI CDC 555 190-2
Berg died of blood poisoning caused by an insect bite
www.bbc.co.uk /music/profiles/berg.shtml   (397 words)

 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Alban Berg
The Alban Berg String Quartet was founded in Vienna in Austria in 1970 and is named composer Alban Maria Johannes Berg in honour of the popular composer's memory.
In 1998, at the invitation of the Alban Berg Quartet, the Quartet was in residence at the Musikhochschule in Vienna, where it enlarged and deepened its repertoire and musical knowledge.
Listening to her sing early songs of Alban Berg in the second half of the program felt a bit like hearing a solid citizen of Baltimore or Boston recount the dark night of the soul he had for a couple of weeks while on vacation in Germany.
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 The Ensemble Sospeso - Alban Berg
Sospeso performs songs by Alban Berg at the Sospeso Cabaret at studioseven on April 16, 2005.
Though Berg was always the most popular of the three Viennese composers with concert and opera audiences, his posthumous critical standing fluctuated considerably.
To Boulez and other young composers who spearheaded the period of total serialism in the Europe of the 1950s, and for whom Webern was the most important of the three Viennese composers, Berg's attachment to tradition was a sign of an unacceptable willingness to compromise.
www.sospeso.com /contents/composers_artists/berg.htm   (451 words)

 The Music Chamber - Alban Berg
Along with Anton von Webern, Alban Berg ranks among the most highly regarded pupils of Arnold Schoenberg.
These three composers formed what was known as the "Second Viennese School," and at this school, they would teach the theory of atonalism, serialism and the twelve-tone technique.
Alban Berg was born on February 9th, 1885 in Vienna as son of a bookseller.
library.thinkquest.org /27110/noframes/composers/berg.html   (396 words)

 Schoenberg voice recording: Alban Berg (1st speech)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alban Berg: the man and his music, pp.
I was told that Alban was so upset by this assumption that he started weeping and could not stop weeping ere his mother had allowed him to continue with me.
Because Berg, this timid man, was a strong character who was faithful to his ideas, just as he was faithful to me when he was almost forced to discontinue studying with me.
www.usc.edu /isd/archives/schoenberg/as-vo-al.htm   (300 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Books: Alban Berg: "Wozzeck" (Cambridge Opera Handbooks)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Alban Berg's Wozzeck is one of the most significant operas of the twentieth century.
Early chapters are devoted to the history and discovery of the Buchner play Woyzeck on which Berg based the libretto and to the background and composition of the opera.
The book introduces you to Berg's life and the situation in Vienna around the time of the opera's composition and spends some time discussing the original play on which "Wozzeck" was based, all of which set me in the right mind-frame to listen to the opera.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0521284813   (906 words)

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