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Bryan R. Simms and Charlotte Erwin


This book contains a new study of the life and works of the composer Alban Berg (1885–1935). The major events in his life are recounted, based on a reassessment of archival documents, correspondence, and the recollections of those who knew him. His relationship with other modernists in music, art, and literature—including Arnold Schoenberg, Karl Kraus, and Alma Mahler-Werfel—is traced. The role played in Berg’s personal and artistic life by his wife, Helene, is emphasized, and her management of his legacy—often controversial—for the forty years following his death is explored. The book contain ... More

Keywords: Alban Berg, Helene Berg, Schoenberg, Wozzeck, Lulu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190931445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190931445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryan R. Simms, author
Professor Emeritus of Musicology, University of Southern California

Charlotte Erwin, author
Former Head of Archives and Special Collections, California Institute of Technology