Piano Sonata, Op.1 (Berg, Alban)

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#78142 - 10.41MB - 11:22 -  6.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (6) - - !N/!N/!N - 5041x

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Carolus (2010/9/8)

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Jonathan Biss, piano

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Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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 Complete Score
#234327 - 0.62MB, 11 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/V/V - 10742x

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Massenetique (2012/6/15)

SIBLEY1802.21900.4ff7-39087012041663score.pdf
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Berlin: Schlesinger, n.d.[1910]. Plate S.9539.

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New York: Associated Music Publishers, n.d.

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This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.

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#254701 - 2.99MB, 12 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - V/V/V - 4270x

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Geo (2012/10/16)

PMLP06602-Sonate für Klavier, op. 1.pdf
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Berlin: Schlesinger, n.d.[1910]. Plate S.9539.

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Vienna: Universal Edition, 1926. (with spurious copyright claim)

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#02556 - 0.55MB, 9 (#20-28) pp. -  7.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (14) - V/V/V - 14118x

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Jujimufu (2006/12/27)

Berg - Piano Sonata Op.1.pdf
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Moscow: Muzyka, n.d.(ca.1970). Plate 6250

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General Information

Work Title Piano Sonata
Alternative Title
Composer Berg, Alban
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.1
Key B minor
Movements/Sections 1
Year/Date of Composition 1907–1909?
First Performance 1911-04-24 in Vienna. Etta Werndorff, piano
First Publication 1910
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Piano
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Misc. Comments

The early sonata sketches of Berg while being a student under Schoenberg eventually culminated in this sonata; while considered to be his "graduating composition", it is one of the most formidable initial works ever written by any composer (Lauder, 1986)

This sonata consists of a single movement centered in the key of B minor, but Berg makes frequent use of chromaticism, whole-tone scales, and wandering key centers, giving the tonality a very unstable feel. The piece is in the typical sonata form, with an Exposition, Development and Recapitulation, but the composition also relies heavily on Arnold Schoenberg's idea of developing variation, a method to ensure the unity of a piece of music by deriving all aspects of a composition from a single idea.

Schoenberg stated that the unity of a piece is dependent on all aspects of the composition being derived from a single basic idea. Berg would then pass this idea down to one of his students, Theodor Adorno, who in turn stated: "The main principle he conveyed was that of variation: everything was supposed to develop out of something else and yet be intrinsically different". The Sonata is a striking example of the execution of this idea — the whole composition can be derived from the opening quartal gesture and from the opening leitmotif.

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