Berg – Excerpts from Wozzeck

As promised yesterday, the particularly unpleasant solo from the second of three excerpts from Berg’s Wozzeck.

Key points:

  • No key signature, and he prefixes every note with some form of accidental.  This is most unfriendly.
  • It’s very exposed, and part of a fugue subject.  First, voice.  Then viola, then violin, then you.
  • On the plus side, however – it’s nice and slow!

I also like the way that Sibelius 5 shows every note apart from the b flat in red, indicating that this might be a bit on the high side!


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