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Piano Sonata op. 1
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Alban Berg (1885–1935) wrote his Piano Sonata opus 1 toward the end of his period of study with Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951). He came to Schoenberg in the autumn of 1904, at first in order to take lessons in counterpoint and harmony. Later, from autumn 1907, he received instruction in composition, ending with a study of sonata movements. Several drafts in sonata form date... more


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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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Die nun vorliegende und von Ulrich Scheideler verantwortete Ausgabe erfreut … durch große Übersichtlichkeit (ein Kompliment den Notensetzern) und weiß die Abweichungen von der Hauptquelle in einem ausführlichen kritischen Bericht gut zu begründen.

Piano News, 2007

Het is de enorme verdienste van Henle om deze verdichte partituur toch overzichtelijk uit te geven. De opzet is ruimtelijk en er is gelukkig afgezien van vingerzetting, wat de leesbaarheid extra ten goede komt. Er is eigenlijk maar één geschikt woord om compositie en uitgave recht te doen juweel.

Pianowereld, 2007

The edition of the Berg is exemplary: detailed notes on the various editions made in Berg’s lifetime, great precision in the layout and no fingering!

Piano Professional, 2009



Evgeny Kissin Four Piano Pieces op. 1
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1372

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Arnold Schönberg Three Piano Pieces op. 11
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Anton Webern Variations op. 27
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