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It was composed between and nerg first performed in He adapted the libretto himself, retaining “the essential character of the play, with its many short scenes, its abrupt and sometimes brutal language, and its stark, if haunted, realism The plot depicts the everyday life of soldiers and the townspeople of a rural German-speaking town. Prominent themes of militarismcallousness, social exploitation, and a casual sadism are brutally and uncompromisingly presented.

Toward the end of act 1, scene 2, the title character Wozzeck murmurs, “Still, all is still, as if the world died. We must svore back! The dialogue is concluded and a funeral march begins, only to transform into the upbeat song of the military marching band in the next scene.

Musicologist Glenn Watkins considers this, “as vivid a projection of impending world doom as any to come out of the Great War Though Berg began work on the opera inhe was delayed by the start of World War I and it was not until he was on leave from his regiment in and that he was able to devote time to finishing it.

Berg’s experience of the war had a pronounced impact on the compositional direction of Wozzeck. In a letter to his wife written in Junehe wrote, “There is a little bit of me in his character, since I have been spending these war years just as dependent on people I hate, have been in chains, sick, captive, resigned, in fact, humiliated. Compositional sketches and notes for both Wozzeck and the Marsch of Beg Pieces for Orchestra that Berg made during the war sscore strewn with disjointed fragments of military ordinances and terminology.

In a draft page of the act 1, scene 2 libretto, Berg included notations in the dialogue that refer beerg Austrian army bugle calls. These military signals were later inserted into the score in a modified slightly atonal form, but still likely recognizable to Austrian audiences of the period.

The scene of snoring soldiers in the barracks during act 2, scene 5 was influenced by Berg’s similar such experience: It is like some primeval music that wells up from the abysses of the soul During this period, as Berg wrote to his wife, “For months I haven’t done any work on Wozzeck.

For the climactic section, Berg used one of his old student pieces in D minor. Erich Kleiber”who programmed the opera on his own initiative”, [1] conducted the world premiere at the Berlin State Opera on 14 December He spent a good deal of his time through the s and 30s travelling to attend performances and to give talks about the opera. Wozzeck is generally regarded as the first opera produced in the 20th-century avant-garde style and is also one of the most famous examples of employing atonality music that avoids establishing a key and Sprechgesang.

Berg was following in the footsteps of his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, by using free atonality to express emotions and even the thought processes of the characters on the gerg. The expression of madness and alienation was amplified with atonal music. The tritone B—F, for example, represents Wozzeck and Marie, permanently in a struggle with one another.

In this way, the opera continually returns to certain pitches to mark out key moments in the plot. This is not sxore same as a key centerbut wozzeci time the repetition of these pitches establishes continuity and structure. Berg uses a variety of musical techniques to create unity and coherence in the opera. The first is the use of leitmotifs. As with most composers who have used this method, each leitmotif is used in a much more subtle manner than being directly attached to a character or object.


Even so, motifs for the Captain, the Doctor and the Drum Major are very prominent. Wozzeck is clearly associated with two motifs, one often heard as he rushes on or off stage, the other more languidly expressing his misery and helplessness in the face of the pressures he experiences. Marie is accompanied by motifs bdrg express her sensuality, as when she accepts a pair of earrings from the Drum Major an act that indicates that her submission to the ‘rape’ at the end of act 1 was not so reluctant.

A motif that is not explicitly linked with a physical object would be the pair of chords that are used to close each of the three acts, used in an oscillating repetition until they almost blur into one another. The most significant motif is first heard sung by Wozzeck himself in the first scene with the Captainto the words ” Wir arme Leut ” poor folk like us.

Tracing out a minor chord with added wozzecm seventhit is frequently heard as the signal of the inability of the opera’s characters to transcend their situation.

Beyond this, Berg also reuses motifs from set pieces heard earlier in the opera to give us an insight into the bery thoughts. The reappearance of military band music, as in the last beeg of act 1, for example, informs the audience that Marie is musing on the Drum Major’s physical desirability. An almost imperceptible leitmotif is the single pitch B, symbolizing the murder.

It is first heard pp at the very end of act 2, after Wozzeck’s humiliation, after his words bfrg Einer nach dem andern Berg decided against the use of the classic operatic forms such as aria or trio for this opera.

Instead, each scene beg given its own inner coherence by the use of forms more normally associated with abstract instrumental music. The second scene of act 2 wlzzeck which the Doctor and Captain taunt Wozzeck about Marie’s infidelityfor instance, consists of a prelude and triple fugue.

The fourth scene of act 1, focusing on Wozzeck and the Doctor, is a passacaglia. The various scenes of the third act move beyond these structures and adopt novel strategies.

Alban Berg – Wozzeck (Mixed Voices & Piano)

Each scene is a set of variations, but where the term “variation” berf indicates that there is a melody undergoing variation, Berg identifies different scor elements for wozseck. Scene 3 is a variation on a rhythmic pattern, with every dcore thematic element constructed around this pattern. Scene 4 is a variation on a chord, used exclusively for the whole scene. The following orchestral interlude is a freely composed passage that is firmly grounded in the key of D minor.

Finally, the last scene is a moto perpetuuma variation on a single rhythm the quaver. The table below summarizes the dramatic action and forms scre prepared by Fritz Mahler. Wozzeck is shaving the Captain who lectures him on the qualities of a “decent man” and taunts him for living an immoral life. However, when the Captain scorns Wozzeck for having a child “without the blessing of the Church”, Wozzeck protests that it is difficult to be virtuous when he is poor, but entreats the Captain to remember the lesson from the gospel, “Lasset die Kleinen zu mir kommen!

The Captain is confounded by Wozzeck’s theological knowledge and anxiously squeaks, “What do you mean? And what sort of curious answer is that? You make me quite confused! Scene 2 Rhapsody and Hunting Song. Wozzeck and Andres are cutting sticks as the sun is setting. Wozzeck has frightening visions and Andres tries unsuccessfully to calm him. Scene 3 March and Lullaby. A military parade passes by outside Marie’s room. Margret taunts Marie for flirting with the soldiers.


Marie shuts the window and proceeds to sing a lullaby to her son. Wozzsck then comes by and tells Marie of the terrible visions he has had, promptly leaving without seeing their son, much to Marie’s dismay.

She laments about being poor. The Doctor scolds Wozzeck for not following his instructions regarding diet and behavior. However, when the Doctor hears of Wozzeck’s mental aberrations, he is delighted and congratulates himself on the success of his experiment. Marie admires the Drum Major outside her room. He makes advances to her, which she first rejects but then accepts after a short struggle. Marie is telling her child to go to sleep while admiring earrings which the Drum Major gave her.

She is startled when Wozzeck arrives and when he asks where she got the earrings, she says she found them. Though not convinced, Wozzeck gives her some money and leaves. Marie chastises herself for her behavior. Scene 2 Fantasia and Fugue on 3 Themes. The Doctor rushes by the Captain in the street, who urges him to slow down.

The Doctor then proceeds to scare the Captain by speculating what afflictions may strike him. When Wozzeck comes by, they insinuate that Marie is being unfaithful to him. Wozzeck confronts Marie, who does not deny his suspicions.

Wozzeck, Vocal Score

Enraged, Wozzeck is about to hit her, when she stops him, saying even her father never dared lay a hand on her. Her statement “better a knife in my belly than your hands on me” plants in Wozzeck’s mind the idea for his subsequent revenge. Among a crowd, Wozzeck sees Marie dancing with the Drum Major. After a brief hunter’s chorus, Andres asks Wozzeck why he is sitting by himself. An Apprentice delivers a drunken sermon, then an Idiot approaches Wozzeck sozzeck cries out that the scene is “Lustig, lustig Ich riech, ich riech Blut!

I smell, I smell blood”. In the barracks at night, Wozzeck, unable to sleep, is keeping Andres awake. The Drum Major comes in, intoxicated, and rouses Wozzeck out of bed to fight with him.

In her room at night, Marie reads to wozzrck from the Bible. She cries out that she wants forgiveness. Wozzeck and Marie are walking in the woods by a pond. Marie is anxious to leave, but Wozzeck restrains her. As a blood-red moon rises, Wozzeck becomes determined that if he can’t have Marie, no one else can, and he stabs her.

Wozzeck, Op.7 (Berg, Alban) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

People are dancing in a tavern. Wozzeck enters, and upon seeing Margret, dances with her and pulls her onto his lap. He insults her, and then asks her to sing him a song. She xcore, but then notices blood on his hand and elbow; everyone begins shouting at him, and Wozzeck, now agitated and obsessed with his blood, rushes out of the tavern. Having returned to the murder scene, Wozzeck becomes obsessed with the thought that the knife he killed Marie with will incriminate herg, and throws it into the pond.

When the blood-red moon appears again, Wozzeck, fearing that he has not thrown the knife far enough from shore and also wanting to wash away the wozzck staining his clothing and hands, wades into the pond and drowns. The Captain and the Doctor, passing by, hear Wozzeck moaning and rush off in fright.

Interlude Invention on a Key D minor.