Alban Berg

(1885 - 1935)
Like Schoenberg and Webern, Berg he wrote atonal and 12-tone compositions that remained true to late 19th-century Romanticism. Berg also composed orchestral music (including Five Orchestral Songs, 1912), chamber music, songs, and two groundbreaking operas, Wozzeck (1925) and Lulu (1937). He shared the leadership of the modern Viennese school with his teacher Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern. Berg transformed Schoenberg’s atonal style-in which the composer avoids adherence to a tonal center-into a more conventional harmonic frame.

Alban Berg Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements


Timpani + 7 percussion + 2 offstage
1) 4 octave vibraphone, 2) snare drum, triangle (doubling timpani), 3) orchestral bass drum, rute, 4) suspended cymbal, clash cymbals, small tam tam, 5) small and large tam tams, tambourine (doubling timpani), xylophone (shared with player 6), 6) xylophone (shared with player 5 and doubling timpani), 7) orchestral bass drum with cymbals attached, triangle, small tom tom, 2 starting pistols (6 shots)

Lulu Suite

Timpani + 4 percussion (1T)
Tam tam small, tam tam large, 4 octave vibraphone, glockenspiel, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, snare drum, triangle

Lulu Symphonic Pieces

Timpani + 4 percussion
2 tam tams (small and large), triangle, 4 octave vibraphone, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, suspended cymbal

Seven Early Songs

No timpani + 1 percussion
Tam tam, snare drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle, orchestral bass drum

Three fragments (from Wozzeck)

Timpani + 4 percussion
Rute, 2 tam tam, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, xylophone, triangle

Three Pieces for Orchestra

2 Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26/23 + 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28/25 + 32/30/28
6 percussion
Hammer & block, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, snare drum, triangle, 2 tam tam, orchestral bass drum, military drum, 4 octave xylophone, glockenspiel

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