"Lulu", composed from 1929–1935, premièred (incomplete) in 1937 and complete(d) in 1979, is a 3-act opera by Alban Berg, his second. The libretto was adapted by the composer from Frank Wedekind's two 'Lulu' plays, "Erdgeist" ('Earth Spirit', 1895) and "Die Büchse der Pandora" ('Pandora's Box', 1904). Berg died before completing the third and final act, and in the following decades, the opera was typically performed incomplete. Since its publication in 1979, however, the version including Friedrich Cerha's orchestration of the Act 3 sketches has become standard.
Alban Maria Johannes Berg (1885–1935) was an Austrian composer of the Second Viennese School. He had little formal music education before he became a student of Arnold Schoenberg in October 1904, and was educated in counterpoint, music theory, and harmony. "Lulu" was his second opera, the first, "Wozzeck", having been very well received in 1925. Berg is remembered as one of the most important composers of the 20th century and the most widely performed opera composer among the Second Viennese School. His style combined Romantic lyricism with twelve-tone technique, and he is said to have brought more "human values" to the twelve-tone system, his works seen as more "emotional" than Schoenberg's. Critically, he is viewed as having preserved the Viennese tradition in his music.
Our books contain the completed libretto and music for the opera, the first volume (Acts 1 and 2) being the version revised by Friedrich Cerha in 1985, and the second (Act 3) being Cerha's own development from Berg's incomplete notes (1978). They are in excellent condition, showing almost no external signs of wear or use, and inside the bindings are firm with no loose pages, and all pages are clean and bright.