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Date of composition[edit]

The Berg compositions list says the opera was begun in 1917 but this article says it was begun in 1914. Badagnani 11:44, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

Looks like 1914 is correct. Badagnani 11:48, 31 March 2006 (UTC)

References needed[edit]

User:Nrswanson has requested on my talk page that I state my concerns about references here. I am not so much concerned that false information is being propagated, as that some vague and potentially misleading statements are difficult to verify. These also could use rewriting for clarity. A specific case is the reference to a letter by Webern (is there a collected edition of his correspondence—I am not aware of one, but I am not a Webern specialist—or is this being cited at second-hand?), followed immediately by a statement about Wozzeck being the predominant reason for Berg's fame. This was certainly true at the time of Berg's death, and may even be the case today, though the Violin Concerto comes to mind as a close contender. If it is meant as a continuation of the reference to Webern's letter, this should be made clear; if not, then the opinion needs attribution. Concerning Gurlitt's opera, the word "supposedly" is stylistically problematic for an encyclopedia article, in that a supposition must be made by somebody, and is therefore POV, OR, or both, unless a source is cited. (All of this is annotated in hidden text, BTW.) I see that I failed to insert the request I claimed to have done, for verification of the success of John Rea's arrangement, but I will do so forthwith.—Jerome Kohl (talk) 17:53, 25 June 2008 (UTC)


The sentence "Though Berg's musical style is not as violent as some other composers might have written for this story, the style suits the subject matter" in the opening section doesn't make much sense to me. Not only does it seem to be original research, but it seems pretty irrelevant - we could make the same claim for any opera with a gory plot written by someone who wasn't the most violent composer of their time. Finally, it's misleading in the first paragraph, implying that Berg's style is notably gentle (which it isn't) or that one of the most important things to know about the work is its relative non-violence. Couldn't this sentence just be cut? On the other hand, it's been there since March 2006 and I'm new to editing, so maybe there's a good justification for its inclusion? Farrest (talk) 22:36, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

Wozzeck and Woyzeck[edit]

Nothing in the article explaining why Berg's opera's title is Wozzeck whereas Büchner's play's title is Woyzeck. Annoying omission. Contact Basemetal here 15:26, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

May I make a suggestion? There is a very common Polish name 'Wojciech' (pronounced, using English phonetics, 'voy-chech' where the first 'ch' is like 'cheese' and the last 'ch' is like 'Loch'). A German, trying to copy the Polish pronunciation which is difficult and uncomfortable for a German, might write 'Wozzeck' as the closest German approximation to the Polish 'Wojciech.' That, I suspect, is what Alban Berg did.

'Wozzeck' may have been a depiction of a working-class Pole, where the population of industrial Silesia had a mixture of Germans and Poles.

Buchner's 'Woyzeck' is closer to the Polish 'Wojciech' than is Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck.' Prospero10 (talk) 17:30, 8 October 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Prospero10 (talkcontribs) 17:25, 8 October 2013 (UTC)