Wozzeck, Op.7 (Berg, Alban)

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Sheet Music


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Editor Hans Erich Apostel (1901-1972)
Language German / English
Translator Vida Harford (1907-1992)
Eric Albert Blackall (1914-1989), English text
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1955. Plate U.E 7379/12100.
Misc. Notes "nach den hinterlassenen endgültigen Korrekturen des Komponisten revidiert von H.E. Apostel."
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Arrangements and Transcriptions


For Soprano and Orchestra (Berg)

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Arranger Composer
Publisher. Info. Vienna: Universal Edition, 1924. Plate U.E. 7660.
Misc. Notes 3 Bruchstücke aus der Oper Wozzeck
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General Information

Work Title Wozzeck
Alternative. Title Opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes.
Composer Berg, Alban
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.7
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAB 16
Key Atonal
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1914-1922
First Performance. 1925-12-14 in Berlin, Berlin State Opera
Soli, Chorus, Orchestra, Erich Kleiber (conductor)
First Publication. 1924? – Vienna: Universal Edition
Librettist Georg Büchner (1813-1837)
Language German
Dedication Alma Mahler
Average DurationAvg. Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices, Chorus and Orchestra:
Wozzeck (baritone)
Marie, his common-law wife (soprano)
Marie's Son (treble)
Captain (buffo tenor)
Doctor (buffo bass)
Drum Major (heldentenor)
Andres, Wozzeck's friend (lyric tenor)
Margret, Marie's Neighbor (contralto)
First Apprentice (deep bass)
Second Apprentice (high baritone)
Madman (high tenor)
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Soldiers, Apprentices, Women and Children
4 flutes (all also piccolos), 4 oboes (4th also English horn),
4 Clarinets (B) (1st also in A, 3rd and 4th also E clarinet),
bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons, contrabassoon.
4 horns (F), 4 trumpets (F), 4 trombones (alto, 2 tenor, bass), tuba.
timpani (4), bass drum, several cymbals (a pair, suspended, one attached to bass drum),
bass drum (with switch), snare drum, 2 tam-tams (large and small), triangle,
xylophone, celesta, harp, strings
Marching band (Act I, Scene 3)
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (E), 2 bassoons
2 horns (F), 2 trumpets (F), 3 trombones, tuba
bass drum with cymbals, snare drum, triangle.
In his instructions, Berg says the players in the marching band may be taken from the main orchestra, and even goes so far as to indicate exactly where the players can leave with a footnote near the end of Act I, Scene 2.)
Tavern band (Act II, Scene 4)
clarinet (C), bombardon (F) (or tuba, if it can be muted), accordion, guitar, 2 fiddles (violins with steel strings)
Act III, Scene 3
Upright out-of-tune piano
In addition to the above groups, which appear on stage, Berg also asks for a chamber orchestra in Act II, Scene 3, which should if possible be composed of additional players, and separated from the main pit orchestra. The instrumentation explicitly matches that of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No.1:
flute (also piccolo), oboe, English horn, E clarinet, clarinet (A), bass clarinet (B), bassoon, contrabassoon, 2 horns, strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Scan of pre-publication full score (UE 7379) with handwritten corrections by Berg, at Austrian National Library

Misc. Comments

Publication history

  • 1924: 3 Bruchstücke aus der Oper Wozzeck (UE 7660)
    • This score is a copyist manuscript facsimlie. Another score, also bearing the plate number 7660, appeared around 1955, which mostly reprints the pages from the study score below, but also containing a handful of separately engraved systems to accommodate the structure of the suite.
  • 1926: Full score (UE 7379)
    • Facsimile of copyist manuscript
  • 1926: Set of parts (UE 7380)
  • 1926: Vocal score by Fritz Heinrich Klein (UE 7382)
  • 1955: Study score with edits by Apostel and English translation by Harford and Blackall (UE 12100)
    • New engraving