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Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano and 13 Wind Instruments

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Alban Berg

Alban Berg


This work bears the designation Opus 8. It is often referred by its German title, Kammerkonzert.


General Info

Year: 1925
Duration: c. 39:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Universal Edition
Cost: Score and Parts - €64.95   |   Score Only - €33.95


Movements

1. Thema Scherzoso con Variazioni – 8:03
2. Adagio – 13:57
3. Rondo Ritmico con Introduzione – 18:37


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II
Trombone

Solo Piano
Solo Violin


Errata

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Program Notes

The Kammerkonzert für Klavier und Geige mit 13 Bläsern (Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments) is a piece of chamber music composed by Austrian composer Alban Berg. It was composed between 1923 and 1925. The short score was completed on 9 February 1925; the full score was finished on 23 July 1925. The work was premiered on 19 March 1927.

According to AllMusic: "The Chamber Concerto is remarkable for the thoroughness of its organization; that is, it was composed with rigorous attention to minute details, and its structure is derived from a series of complex mathematical relationships. For example, the first movement's 240 measures consist of 30 and 60 measure variations, the second is 240 measures, and the third is the length of the previous two at 480 measures.

The first movement involves mainly the piano and the 13 wind instruments (with a brief appearance by the solo violin). For the "Theme" of the movement, Berg uses German notation to musically spell out the names of himself and his two friends and fellow members of the Second Viennese School, Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern and Alban Berg.

The second movement is a large palindrome, using primarily the Prime form of the row in the first half and the Retrograde row in the second half. The movement focuses primarily on the solo violin and 13 winds, though the turning point of the palindrome is marked by a brief appearance of the solo piano. In 1935 Berg arranged this movement as a separate piece for piano, violin and clarinet.

The third movement involves both soloists and the ensemble, and is a large rondo based on a returning rhythmic, rather than melodic, idea. Berg layers material from the first and second movements on top of each other in this final movement. There is an extremely large repeat of almost 175 measures in the movement that is often omitted in performances and recordings.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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