Encrypted Messages in Alban Berg's Music

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Begins a series on the interaction, and frequent clashing, between different art forms within the Modernist school. A dozen original essays explore hidden messages in the work of Viennese composer Berg 1885-1035. They look at biographical factors shaping his choices; how his instrumental works create signification and allusion referring both to people and literary works; how the musical language of his song cycles interprets a given text, comments on it, and sometimes expands on it; and how musical speech contributes to or heightens characterization in his two operas. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815324805
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Border Crossings Series, #1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Editor's Introduction
Pt. 1 On Messages and Codes, Shared and Private
Balzacian Mysticism, Palindromic Design, and Heavenly Time in Berg's Music 5
Alban Berg and the History of the Commentary 31
Pt. 2 Encoding in Berg's Instrumental Compositions
More on Secret Programs in Berg's Instrumental Music 45
Berg's Kammerkonzert and Franz Werfel's Spiegelmensch: Mirror Images in Music and Literature 67
Two Reigen: Berg, Schnitzler, and Cyclic Form 91
Pt. 3 Sleep and the Inner Journey: Berg's Song Cycles
The Representation of Sleep and Death in Berg's Piano Songs, op.2 109
The Other Altenberg Song Cycle: A Document of Viennese Fin-de-Siecle Aesthetics 137
Symbolism and Self-Quotation in Berg's Picture Postcard Songs 157
Singing the Aphoristic Text: Berg's Altenberg-Lieder 191
Pt. 4 Subtext and Subliminal Characterization in Berg's Operas
Tonality and Unreality in Berg's Wozzeck 229
The Death Leitmotif in Wozzeck and Lulu 243
Femme Fatale and Lesbian Representation in Alban Berg's Lulu 249
A Jungian Analysis of Berg's Alwa 279
The Contributors 305
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