Did Alban Berg flirt with Nazism in his violin concerto?
February 28, 2017 by norman lebrecht
The Berg researcher Douglas Jarman has come up with disturbing evidence that Alban Berg toyed with a slogan from a banned rightwing organisation as a structural theme for his valedictory masterpiece.
The concerto is dedicated to the memory of Alma Mahler’s daughter, Manon, but there were other influences at work and Berg was keen in 1935 to ease the ban on his music in Nazi Germany.
Read Jarman’s important and revealing essay here.
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