Music as Autobiography- Translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch
3 Part Three: Life and Work
3Part Three: Life and Work
“Art is mute to him, who has not lived; as it is meant to transfigure life, life must therefore precede it.” Hieronymus Lorm, Die schöne Wienerin (Quotation Collection, no. 421)
…should I remind you of Ibsen, Wedekind, Peter Altenberg, of Strauss and Pfitzner? Need I tell you that having mastered the technique of drama and the theory of composition hardly suffices to write such works, to produce such divinely ideal thoughts – that all of these great ones have preserved for themselves, besides an ‘open eye,’ an evergreen idealism, the belief in Love?” Berg to Helene, June 2, 1907 (ABB 13)
3.1Helene and Alban: “The Story of a Great Love”
“O shield me, Helene, only you can –“ Berg to Helene, summer 1908 (ABB 25)
“O Helene, we can never let go of each other.” Berg to Helene, July 14, 1909 (ABB 68)
“O, write soon again, my one and only, your letters are better than any medicine.” Berg to Helene, July 14, 1909 (ABB 69)
“Ah, to get up to you quickly: there blooms salvation, life and eternity for me.” Berg to Helene, July 25, 1909 (ABB 91)
“All the more I know, in a word, THAT WITHOUT YOU I CANNOT LIVE.” Berg to Helene, January 18, 1911 (ABB 213)
“I will always be a faithful companion to you, a lover and support – here and yonder...
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