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Bryan R. Simms and Charlotte Erwin

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190931445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190931445.001.0001

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Two Viennese Families

Two Viennese Families

(p.11) 1 Two Viennese Families

Simms Bryan

Oxford University Press

In the book’s first chapter major events in Berg’s early life (1885–1911) in Vienna are traced: his family, his artistic impulses and influences, his self-instruction in music and art, his schooling, and his early professional aspirations. Berg’s lifelong struggle with poor health is assessed. The Nahowski family, Berg’s future in-laws, is studied, including Anna Nahowski’s affair with Emperor Franz Joseph and the possibility that Helene Berg was the Emperor’s natural daughter. The love triangle of Berg, Helene, and Paul Kammerer (a brilliant Viennese scientist and musician) is explored, and the chapter ends with Berg’s marriage to Helene in 1911.

Keywords:   Berg family, Nahowski family, Emperor Franz Joseph, Paul Kammerer, Berg’s courtship, asthma

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