Alban Berg and Hanna Fuchs: The Story of a Love in Letters

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In the fall of 1976, 14 letters by Alban Berg, renowned composer of the Second Viennese School, were discovered in the posthumous papers of Hanna Fuchs-Robettin, wife of a Prague industrialist and sister of Franz Werfel, the well-known Austro-Czech writer. In the 1920s Berg gained international notoriety with his opera Wozzeck and the Lyric Suite, which was largely inspired by his relationship with Fuchs.

The secret letters were delivered to Hanna surreptitiously by Theodor Adorno and Alma Mahler Werfel. They were brought to New York by Hanna on her flight from Nazi persecution, and were eventually found in her estate after her death. First discovered by George Perle, then deciphered and transcribed in German by Constantin Floros, they appear here in English for the first time.

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"When, on December 23, 1935, Alban Berg died of blood poisoning at the age of 50 in a hospital in Vienna, few would have guessed that 50 years later he would be reckoned among the classics of the New Music. . . . The international music world is deeply interested in both his work and his personality. This is no surprise, considering that nearly his entire oeuvre is autobiographically determined." --from the introduction

About the Author :

Constantin Floros is Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the University of Hamburg. A prolific writer on diverse subjects, he has published monographs on Mahler, Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, and Berg, as well as books about early medieval notation, the semantics of music, love in music, and New Music. He was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2002, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens and, in 2005, a Golden Honorary Diploma from the University of Vienna.

Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and English at Indiana University. A specialist in English and European Romanticism, he has worked as a translator since his retirement; his translations include radio plays, essays and articles on art and current affairs, and poetry.

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