Alban Berg in the Library's Collections

Sat Feb 22, 11am–12:30pm
Presented by: Library of Congress
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1925. The year that Concerts from the Library of Congress was founded and also the year that Alban Berg’s Wozzeck was first performed. The significance of Wozzeck lies in its success in connecting with its audience and delivering social messages in a most striking and contemporary manner. The Library of Congress is fortunate to hold the manuscript of this enduring masterpiece. This #Declassified lecture will examine how the innovative atonal music, classical forms and their allusions, musical symbolism, leitmotifs, and avant-garde compositional techniques produce a musical expression powerful enough to capture the complexity, social messages, and emotions in the text. Do not miss this rare chance to see Berg’s manuscript and delve deeper into this transcendent opera.

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