Alban Berg

Alban Berg Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    9th February 1885
  • Died
    24th December 1935
  • Birthplace
    Vienna, Austria

Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer. He was a member of the Second Viennese School with Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, and produced compositions that combined Mahlerian Romanticism with a personal adaptation of Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique. He is remembered as one of the most important composers of the 20th century and to date is the most widely performed opera composer among the Second Viennese School. Considered to have brought more human values to the twelve-tone system, his works is seen as more emotional than Schoenberg's. Critically he is seen to have preserved the Viennese tradition in his music. His popularity has been more easily secured than many other Modernists since he plausibly combined both Romantic and Expressionist idioms. Though Berg's Romanticism at one time seemed a drawback for some modernist composers, the Berg scholar Douglas Jarman writes in the New Grove: "As the 20th century closed, the 'backward-looking' Berg suddenly came as [George] Perle remarked, to look like its most forward-looking composer."

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Der Wein Aria / Arietta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Kammerkonzert Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Violin Concerto Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Lulu Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
4 Stücke, Op.5 Piece Clarinet
String Quartet, Op.3 Quartet String Quartet
Piano Sonata, Op. 1 Sonata Piano
5 Orchesterlieder, Op.4 Song Voice(s) and Orchestra
4 Gesänge, Op.2 Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
7 frühe Lieder Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Schliesse mir die Augen beide Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Lulu Suite Suite Orchestra
Lyrische Suite Suite String Quartet
3 Orchesterstücke, Op.6 Symphonic Pieces Orchestra