Wozzeck – Alban Berg


Wozzeck is an opera by Alban Berg, based on the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner. It is considered one of the most important and influential works of the 20th century, both for its musical innovation and its dramatic power. The opera tells the tragic story of a poor soldier, Wozzeck, who is tormented by his superiors, his lover, and his own mental instability. He eventually kills his lover in a fit of jealousy and drowns himself in a lake. The opera is composed in a complex and expressive atonal style, using techniques such as leitmotifs, Sprechgesang, and serialism. The opera is divided into three acts, each consisting of five scenes. The scenes are connected by orchestral interludes that reflect Wozzeck’s psychological state. The opera premiered in Berlin in 1925 and was met with mixed reactions from critics and audiences. Some praised its originality and intensity, while others found it incomprehensible and disturbing. The opera has since become widely recognized as a masterpiece of modern music and drama, and has been performed and recorded by many renowned singers and conductors.

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