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Alban Berg "Lulu"

ISBN-10: 0521284805

ISBN-13: 9780521284806

Edition: 1991

Authors: Douglas Jarman

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Description:

This book is the first guide to Berg's second opera, Lulu, written in non-technical language and intended for those students and music lovers wishing to become familiar with one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century music. Jarman presents a clear and concise introduction to the musical language and to the intricate musical and dramatic structure of Berg's opera. The volume also examines the literary background, the genesis, composition, and tortuous posthumous career of the work. The final chapters survey the performance history and suggest a possible interpretation of this complex and challenging composition. An important feature of the book is the inclusion of source documents and critical responses to the opera. Illustrated with photographs from the premiere and from recent productions, the volume also includes a synopsis, bibliography, and discography.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/22/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

List of illustrations
General preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: chronology and background
From play to libretto
Synopsis
Posthumous history
The formal design
Melodic, harmonic and rhythmic language
Act III, scene 2, b.1146 - 1326: an analysis
A suggested interpretation
Documents
Pandora's Box (1905)
The case of 'Pandora's Box' (1905): From the judgement of the Berlin Royal District Court
On the 'Pandora's Box' case (1906)
A note on Act III of Lulu (1964)
The 'lost' score of the 'Symphonic Pieces from Lulu'
Notes
Bibliography
Discography
Index