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Wozzeck - English National Opera Guide 42

Alban Berg Price: $24.95

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

According to Elias Canetti, “with Wozzeck Büchner achieved the most complete revolution in the whole of literature”

The same can be said of Berg’s opera, as revolutionary in the history of music

Mark DeVoto and Theo Hirsrunner discuss why this complex score suits the chaotic nature of the play

In his famous essay about the opera, Theodor Adorno shows how what seems fragmentary in the text is actually complete; Kenneth Segar offers a new interpretation of the play in the light of the most recent Büchner research

The play as Berg knew it is set out with a translation, and this unique source material is complemented by a series of critical reactions to the first London production in 1952


'Brilliantly produced and superb value' ~ Sunday Times

'All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for thought' ~ Daily Telegraph

'Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series' ~ TLS

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