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Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano op. 5


Between 1904 and 1909, Alban Berg (1885–1935) took formal lessons from Arnold Schoenberg, first in music theory, then in composition. He concluded these five years of study with the Piano Sonata op. 1 and produced two further works by the following year, 1910: the Lieder op. 2 on texts by Hebbel and Mombert, and the String Quartet op. 3 IV and others by letter. The work wa... more


About the Composer


Alban Berg

Together with his teacher Schönberg and with Webern, he belongs to the Second Viennese School, which defined musical advancement through atonality and the twelve-tone technique. His modest oeuvre is explained not only by his early death, but also by his high aesthetic standard. His two operas Wozzeck and Lulu shaped twentieth-century music theatre. He also wrote essays on analytical and aesthetic matters.

1885Born in Vienna on February 9, the son of an art and book dealer.
from 1904Studies with Arnold Schönberg.
1904–06Employment as an accountant. After coming into an inheritance, he relinquishes the position and dedicates himself to music.
1905–08Seven Early Songs (orchestrated 1928).
1909Sonata for piano, Op. 1, in one movement, in sonata-form.
1909–10Four Songs for voice and piano, Op. 2, atonal with dense contrapuntal structure.
1910String Quartet, Op. 3, with expressive tonal qualities.
1912Five Orchestral Songs, texts from postcards from Peter Altenberg, Op. 4. Completes piano reduction of Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder.
1913Four Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 5.
1913–15Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6.
1923–25Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with Thirteen Wind Instruments.
1925Premiere in Berlin of his most famous opera, “Wozzeck,” considered an Expressionist work.
1925–26Lyric Suite for string quartet, using twelve-tone technique.
1929Concert aria “Der Wein” after Charles Baudelaire.
1935Violin Concerto as a kind of “requiem” (dedicated “to the memory of an angel,” Manon Gropius). Dies in Vienna on December 23/24.
1937Posthumous performance of the two acts of his unfinished opera “Lulu,” begun in 1927.

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Der Henle Verlag hat jetzt eine von Ullrich Scheideler minutiös recherchierte Urtextausgabe herausgebracht und damit dem Werk auch seinen musikologischen Stellenwert gesichert.

Clarino, 2008

Da apprezzare ancora una volta il criterio di impaginazione adottato da Henle che, nel quarto pezzo, solleva il clarinettista dal noto problema della voltata di pagina.

Il Giornale della Musica, 2008

La edición es sencillamente formidable, puesto que, además de un estudio introductorio intersantísimo del alemán Ullrich Scheideler, cuenta con la delicadeza de tener una triple página que evita los incómodos pasos de página para los intérpretes amén de facilitar el que no haya prácticamente pausas entre las piezas, tal y como el autor quería.

Doce Notas, 20007

Scheideler besorgte Edition folgt im Wesentlichen der von Alban Berg mit Korrekturen versehenen 2. Auflage der … Erstausgabe, mit ihrem angenehm ins Auge fallenden Druckbild und einer geschickten Disposition der Systeme (Nummer 3 lässt sich sogar auf drei Seiten ausklappen, um ein Blättern überflüssig zu machen) eignet sich die Henleausgabe gleichermaßen für den Forscher wie für den Praktiker.

Ensemble, 2007

This is a great new edition of Berg’s Vier Stücke. … It is the attention to detail that makes this edition so attractive to both performer and scholar. The music is clearer and less squashed – no small achievement given Berg’s incredibly precise markings – and Henle has also solved the page-turn problem in the fourth piece. For those with an academic interest there is a comprehensive discussion of sources and a preface which provides background to the music and its context. These advantages come at a price but should we really mind paying for quality?

Music Teacher England, 2007