Autograph letter signed to Hugo Balzer. Alban BERG.

Autograph letter signed to Hugo Balzer

2 pp. Octavo. Dated June 10, 1931. With Berg's handstamp in blue-black ink to upper left corner: "Alban Berg / Gut Berghof / post: Sattendorf / am Ossiacher-See / Kärnten, Austria / Tel. Villach [1]395"). Together with autograph envelope addressed to Balzer at the Stadttheater in Freiburg with Berg's handstamp to verso with his address on Trauttmausdorffgasse 27 in Vienna. In German (with translation).

Berg thanks Balzer for a long-delayed letter and tells him that he has also written to [Ferdinand] Kirnberger, the Finance Minister of the state of Hesse. He expresses his hope for Balzer's appointment as music director in Darmstadt.

"Your kind letter reached me in a roundabout way. You probably have my letter of June 5 by now... In the same mail I wrote to Fin[ance] Min[ister] Kirnberger. Hopefully success! ... Please keep me in the loop."

Creased at central fold and very slightly at margins; upper right corner of envelope lacking where stamp has been removed; Berg's name in another hand to address panel.

"Along with his teacher Arnold Schoenberg and fellow pupil Anton Webern in the years before and immediately after World War I, [Berg] moved away from tonality to write free atonal and then 12-note music. At once a modernist and a Romantic, a formalist and a sensualist, he produced one of the richest bodies of music in the 20th century, and in opera, especially, he had few equals." Douglas Jarman in Grove Music Online.

The present letter was part of Berg's campaign to have his opera Wozzeck staged in Darmstadt, then capital of the German state of Hesse and hometown of Georg Büchner (1813-1837), author of the play on which the opera is based. Berg's campaign was successful: the opera was produced in Darmstadt in 1931.

It was not, however, conducted by Hugo Balzer (1894-1987), who at the time was music director at the opera in Freiburg, but by Karl Böhm (1894-1981). Balzer is also noted as the founder of the Robert-Schumann-Konservatorium in Düsseldorf in 1935. Item #21770

Price: $3,200.00  other currencies

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