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Alban Berg

Alban Berg (Composer)

Born: 9th February 1885, Vienna, Austria

Died: 24th December 1935, Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austrian

Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer of the Second Viennese School. His compositional style combined Romantic lyricism with the twelve-tone technique. Although he left a relatively small oeuvre, he is remembered as one of the most important composers of the 20th century for his expressive style encompassing "entire worlds of emotion and structure".

Berg was born and lived in Vienna. He began to compose only at the age of fifteen. He studied counterpoint, music theory and harmony with Arnold Schoenberg between 1904 and 1911, and adopted his principles of developing variation and the twelve-tone technique.

Further Reading: Berg

 Recording of the Week, Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music by Berg, Berio, and Gershwin

Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.

 Interview, Barbara Hannigan on Crazy Girl Crazy

Katherine talks to the Canadian soprano about her bold new album juxtaposing Gershwin, Berg and Berio, in which she both sings and directs the Ludwig Orchestra.

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