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Berg, Alban. (1885-1935)] Berg, Helene. (1885-1976)
An important series of Letters about the completion of Berg's final opera Lulu
1954. A highly important grouping containing revelatory materials about the completion of Berg's final opera Lulu, including two autograph letters in German from Helene Berg, Alban's widow, written to the biographer Dr. Hans Ferdinand Redlich, on September 14 and 30, 1954; a large envelope for safety deposit in which these letters had been sealed with wax and the signatures of Redlich's widow in 1969; and a shorter postcard, typed and signed, from Helene Berg to George Perle in 1970. All present items from the collection of Perle, noted American composer and music theorist, who had founded the Alban Berg Society with Stravinsky and others in 1968. In fine condition overall; letters 6 pp. total, 8 1/4 inches × 11 3/4 (21 × 30 cm); envelope 10 × 15 inches (25 × 38 cm), with three large wrinkles across and worn edges; postcard 4 × 6 inches (10 × 15 cm) with stamp-deckled edges.In this remarkable correspondence, Alban Berg's widow explains the circumstances surrounding this famously unfinished work, the orchestration of the third and final act of Lulu, which was left incomplete upon Alban's death in 1935. In the earlier of the present letters, written on September 14, 1954, Helene replies to Dr. Redlich, who had sent a draft of his influential book, Alban Berg: Versuch einer Würdigung (Vienna, 1957), trans., abridged as Alban Berg: The Man and His Music (New York, 1957). The importance of this letter to the performance history of Berg's work and to Berg scholarship is difficult to overestimate, affirmed by the attached photocopy letter by Perle and by the draft of the letter pu … [Click Below for Full Description]
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