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Universal Edition - Alban Berg – Lulu

Alban Berg

Alban Berg
Lulu

Year of composition: 1927-1935
Year of arrangement: 1978
Subtitle: Opera in 3 acts
Version: only together with opera in 2 acts
Composer: Alban Berg
Arranger: Friedrich Cerha
Edited by: Hans Erich Apostel; Rudolf Stephan
Text Source: Tragödien "Erdgeist" und "Die Büchse der Pandora" von Frank Wedekind
Librettist: Alban Berg
Original Language: Deutsch
Translator: Arthur Jacobs
Parts: Lulu ... hoher Sopran
Gräfin Geschwitz (II./III. Akt) ... dramatischer Mezzosopran
Eine Theater-Garderobiere (I. Akt)
Ein Gymnasiast [Hosenrolle] (II. Akt)
Ein Groom [Hosenrolle] (III. Akt) ... Alt
Der Medizinalrat [Sprechrolle] (I. Akt)
Der Bankier (III. Akt)
Der Professor [stumme Figur] (III. Akt) ... hoher Bass
Der Maler (I. Akt)
Ein Neger (III. Akt) ... lyrischer Tenor
Dr. Schön, Chefredakteur (I./II. Akt)
Jack the Ripper (III. Akt) ... Heldenbariton
Alwa, Dr. Schön's Sohn, Komponist ... jugendlicher Heldentenor
Schigolch, ein Greis ... hoher Charakterbass
Ein Tierbändiger (Prolog)
Ein Athlet (II./III. Akt) ... Heldenbass mit Buffo-Einschlag
Der Prinz ['ein Afrikareisender'] (I. Akt)
Der Kammerdiener (II. Akt)
Der Marquis ['ein Mädchenhändler'] (III. Akt) ... Tenor-Buffo
Der Theaterdirektor (I. Akt) ... Bass-Buffo (tief)
Ein Clown [stumme Rolle] (Prolog)
Ein Bühnenarbeiter [stumme Rolle] (Prolog)
Der Polizeikommissär [Sprechrolle] (III. Akt)
Eine Fünfzehnjährige (III. Akt) ... Opernsoubrette
Ihre Mutter (III. Akt) ... Alt
Eine Kunstgewerblerin (III. Akt) ... Mezzosopran
Ein Journalist (III. Akt) ... hoher Bariton
Ein Diener (III. Akt) ... tiefer Bariton
Instrumentation: 3 3 4 3 - 4 3 3 1 - timp, perc(8), hp, pno, alto sax, str, stage music: 2 fl, 4 cl, alto sax, t.sax, cbsn, 4 jazztpt, 2 jazztbn, sousaphon, jazz drum set(3), pno, bjo, 3 vln, cb
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
3rd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
3rd oboe (+c.a)
1st clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
2nd clarinet in Bb (+cl(Eb))
3rd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
tuba
timpani
percussion
harp
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
stage music: piccolo
flute
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
contrabassoon
1st Jazztrumpet in B
1st Jazztrumpet in C
2nd Jazztrumpet in B
2nd Jazztrumpet in C
1st Jazztrombone
2nd Jazztrombone
sousaphone
jazz drum set (3 players)
bjo
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
3rd violin
contrabass

Duration: 60′
Dedication: Arnold Schönberg zum 60. Geburtstag
 
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Lulu

Work Introduction

Alban Berg died on 24 December 1935, before he could finish his opera Lulu; the orchestration of the third act is incomplete, existing only as a short-score. Of the 1300 bars of this short score (comprising the totality of Act III), 416 are orchestrated by Berg himself; the best part of the remainder consists of instrumental indications, and the music of 88 bars is somewhat uncertain.

Berg wrote his “Symphonic Pieces from the Opera Lulu,” the Lulu Suite, a year before his death, in order to give the eagerly expectant music world an impression of his new creation.

After a long and thorough study of all the related material and similar consideration of the positive and negative aspects involved, Friedrich Cerha decided to make a playable version of Act III. He worked on it from 1962 to 1974 and, after Helene Berg died, he revised it again in 1976 –1977 and 1981 in light of newly accessible sources.

Since comparison of the short score and the full score of the first two acts and the orchestrated parts of Act III shows that there are no significant divergences, Cerha saw no reason why he should not adhere to the layout as it was set down in the short score.

The posthumous premiere of the first two acts took place in Zurich on 2 June 1937, while the first performance of the entire opera was given on 24 February 1979 in Paris. Cerha’s reconstitution of Act III made it possible to choose between the two-act and the three-act versions.

Act III – flexible presentation

A performance in Copenhagen on 15 October 2010 added a third version to the two foregoing ones; Eberhard Kloke (b. 1948) devised a type of “module system” for Act III which gave performers the option of shaping scenes and dramatic developments more freely, with the intention of reducing the act’s duration.

Kloke’s new version of Act III attempts to open up the work; he does not consider the short score as an absolute authority as regards its horizontal course of development. He arrived at some independent solutions of his own in the course of studying the sources and the subsequent editing work. There are several places where he offers ossia variants and options for shortening some passages via vide cuts, based on which of the performers can find their own solutions.

One of the premises on which Kloke’s version devolves is that all the sections Berg orchestrated should remain as they were, using them as the foundation for Act III. His intention in adding new and old parts of Acts I and II, as well as sections of the Symphonic Pieces (which Berg completed after the short score and which of course constitute a kind of further development of material from Act III) was to add coherence and to underline formal interrelations among the three acts.

But Kloke also reverted directly to Cerha’s version since at times it did not seem to make sense to derive alternative solutions to the existing source material.

Reviews

“Thirty years on, Berg's opera seems an indisputable candidate for the greatest opera of the 20th century.” (Philip Hensher, The Guardian, 1 June 2009)

Cerha on the 3rd act of Lulu

Piano reduction – Lulu

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Language: German
  • UE10745A
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1418-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01624-0
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Piano reduction – Lulu

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Language: German
  • UE10745A-B
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0338-6
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01626-4
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Piano reduction – Lulu

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Language: German
  • UE10745B
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-2059-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01625-7
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Libretto – Lulu

  • Edition type: libretto
  • Language: German
  • UE10746
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0144-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06963-5
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Study score – Lulu Acts 1 and 2

  • Edition type: study score
  • Language: German
  • UE13640A
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1376-7
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-04684-1
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Study score – Lulu Acts 1-3

  • Edition type: study score
  • Edition info: Consists of UE13640A, UE13640B
  • Language: German
  • UE13640A-B
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1378-1
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-06600-9
EUR 154,95

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Study score – Lulu Act 3

  • Edition type: study score
  • Language: German
  • UE13640B
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1377-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-00882-5
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Libretto – Lulu

  • Edition type: libretto
  • Language: German; English
  • UE16991
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0141-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07145-4
EUR 13,50

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Book – Work Report for the Production of the 3rd Act Opera Lulu by Alban Berg

  • Edition type: book
  • UE26233
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0080-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07277-2
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Book – Alban Bergs Lulu

  • Edition type: book
  • Edition info: Alban Berg Studies - Volume 3
  • Language: German
  • UE26271
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0208-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07290-1
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Book – Additional comments on the work report of the 3rd Act of the Opere Lulu by Alban Berg

  • Edition type: book
  • Edition info: Revision review to edition of 1985
  • Language: German
  • UE26272
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-0209-9
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-07291-8
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Future Performances

03.06.2015
Location: Bayerische Staatsoper, München (D), Orchestra: Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Conductor: Kirill Petrenko


06.06.2015
Location: Bayerische Staatsoper, München (D), Orchestra: Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Conductor: Kirill Petrenko


06.06.2015
Location: De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam (NL), Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orkest, Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek


08.06.2015
Location: De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam (NL), Orchestra: Concertgebouw Orkest, Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek


10.06.2015
Location: Bayerische Staatsoper, München (D), Orchestra: Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Conductor: Kirill Petrenko

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