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Universal Edition - Alban Berg – Lulu

Alban Berg
09.02.1885—24.12.1935

Future Performances

Lulu
01.06.2015, Amsterdam (NL)
Lulu
06.06.2015, Amsterdam (NL)
Lulu
08.06.2015, Amsterdam (NL)
Lulu
14.06.2015, Amsterdam (NL)
Lulu
20.06.2015, Amsterdam (NL)

News

  • 16.12.2014
    Now available: “an explicit, yet chilly” Lulu
    Now available: “an explicit, yet chilly” Lulu

    “Barbara Hannigan gives everything she’s got and then some to the title role. Charles Workman [...]

  • 24.11.2014
    Treibhaus Wien: world première of the chamber version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
    Treibhaus Wien: world première of the chamber version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

    Klaus Simon conducts the Holst-Sinfonietta on 25 November at the E-Werk in Freiburg.

    [...]
  • 04.11.2014
    ★★★★★ Wozzeck: from poignancy to utter devastation
    ★★★★★ Wozzeck: from poignancy to utter devastation

    “If the evening began poignantly, it ended, as a powerful performance of Berg’s opera must, i [...]

  • 13.10.2014
    Richard Uttley launches Ghosts & Mirrors
    Richard Uttley launches Ghosts & Mirrors

    Pianist Richard Uttley will present his latest recording Ghosts & Mirrors on Wednesday 15 Octob [...]

  • 02.10.2014
    Watch live: Arabella Steinbacher plays Berg’s Violin Concerto
    Watch live: Arabella Steinbacher plays Berg’s Violin Concerto

    Star violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the NDR Sinfonieorchester (cond. Thomas Hengelbrock) perf [...]

  • 24.09.2014
    ARD and ARTE visit UE
    ARD and ARTE visit UE

    World War I and its impact on the world of music are the subjects of an upcoming TV documentary t [...]

  • 24.04.2014
    Critical complete edition of Berg’s Lulu, particell Act 3
    Critical complete edition of Berg’s Lulu, particell Act 3

    The Alban Berg Foundation and Universal Ed [...]

  • ENO Wozzeck
    06.05.2013
    Wozzeck at the English National Opera
    Wozzeck at the English National Opera
    A new production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck will take place from 11 to 25 May at the English National [...]
  • Lulu (c) David Massey
    04.02.2013
    New production of Lulu
    New production of Lulu
    The première of David Pountney’s new production of Lulu takes place on 8 February in Cardiff. [...]
  • Alban Berg (c) Universal Edition
    11.05.2012
    Lulu – reduced version for chamber orchestra
    Lulu – reduced version for chamber orchestra
    Eberhard Kloke has created a reduced version of Alban Berg’s Lulu for chamber orchestra. The world [...]
  • Wozzeck at the Salzburg State Theatre 2012
    09.05.2012
    New Wozzeck at the Salzburg Theatre
    New Wozzeck at the Salzburg Theatre
    From 11 May the Salzburg Theatre is staging a new production of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck in the [...]
  • Salzburger Festspiele
    25.07.2011
    Salzburg Festival 2011
    Salzburg Festival 2011
    Gustav Mahler, whose anniversaries have been the centre of attention all this year, is also the high [...]
  • BBC Proms
    28.07.2011
    BBC Proms 2011
    BBC Proms 2011
    The BBC Proms started last week and once again include a wealth of UE works in the many concerts. [...]
  • Alban Berg
    07.07.2011
    Berg Violin Concerto for ensemble
    Berg Violin Concerto for ensemble
    On 9 July the reduced version of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto will be given its French première a [...]
  • Lulu in Erfurt (c) Theater Erfurt
    07.06.2011
    Lulu in Erfurt
    Lulu in Erfurt
    The German première of Eberhard Kloke's new version of Lulu will be given at Erfurt Theatre on 13 J [...]
  • Grammys
    10.12.2010
    UE at the GRAMMYS 2011
    UE at the GRAMMYS 2011
    The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, 13 Feb, 2011. Among the nomi [...]
  • Lulu (Patricia Petibon) © Salzburger Festspiele / Monika Rittershaus
    30.07.2010
    Lulu at the Salzburg Festival
    Lulu at the Salzburg Festival
    Vera Nemirova's new production of Lulu opens at the Salzburg Festival on 1 August, with Patrici [...]
 

Alban Berg
Lulu

Work Details

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