Wien... Zürich... New York: Universal-Edition [PN U.E. 8439], [February 1956]. Folio. Original publisher's light green wrappers printed in dark green. [i] (title), [ii] (note forbidding public performance), [iii] (dedication: "Arnold Schönberg zum fünfzigsten Geburtstag"), [iv] (notes on performance and list of instruments), 5-115 (music), [i] (blank), [i] (part title: "Anhang"), 118-20 (concluding measures for separate performance of first and second movements) pp. Double copyright notice to foot of p. 5, noting original (1926) and renewed (1954) copyright. Printed note to lower right corner of final page of music: "Waldheim-Eberle, Wien VII."
Publisher's catalogue dated "II/56 [February 1956]" to verso of lower wrapper.
Former owner's monogram "MF de R." in red ink to title and upper wrapper.
Upper wrapper creased; remnants of tape to spine.
First Edition, later issue (the first issue was published in 1926).
"The Kammerkonzert, more than any other work, demonstrates Berg's love of intricate formal designs and his interest in using apparently abstract, mathematical schemes as structural determinants. It is, perhaps, both the most forbidding and one of the most fascinating works in his output... Important structural elements are determined by extra musical programmatic considerations. Berg himself touched on some of these in his dedicatory ‘open letter’ to Schoenberg, in which he revealed that the motto theme which opens the work is built of the musical letters in the names ‘ArnolD SCHönBErG’, ‘Anton wEBErn’ and AlBAn BErG’, and that the number three, representing the three members of the Schoenberg school, was with its multiples a factor determining the length of sections, the metronome marks, the nature of the instrumental body and many other aspects of the work." Douglas Jarman in Grove Music Online. Item #24934
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