Alban Berg Biography
(One of the Most Important Composers of the 20th Century)
Birthday: February 9, 1885 (Aquarius)
Born In: Vienna, Austria
Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer born in the late nineteenth century into a well-to-do family in Vienna. Nurtured in a culturally rich ambience, he learned to appreciate music, literature and art from early childhood. Although his initial aim was to become a poet, he developed an intense interest in music by the age of fourteen and by fifteen, he had composed his first song. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of music, he neglected his studies and failed in the matriculation examination. This, together with the loss of his father and his involvement with a housemaid pushed him into mental turmoil and to overcome that he immersed himself in music. Soon, he was fortunate enough to receive guidance from Arnold Schoenberg. The latter not only taught him everything he needed to known about music, but also guided him in other matters. The bond so created between them lasted throughout their lives. Berg, Schoenberg and Anton Webern later formed the Second Viennese School. Berg’s specialty lay in the combination of Romantic lyricism with twelve-tone technique, to which he gave a human-touch. As a result, his compositions are said to be more emotional than his master’s.