Music: Victory for Berg

Since its foundation in 1842, the Salzburg Festival has always featured Native Son Wolfgang Mozart, although other Austrians and some outsiders, e.g., Beethoven and Wagner, often creep in. One Austrian whose name was never mentioned in the same breath with Salzburg was Atonalist Alban Berg. But this year Berg made it.

The festival music directors, Gottfried von Einem and Bernhard Paumgartner, suggested last fall that it was high time for a look at the atonalist's operatic masterpiece, Wozzeck (TIME, April 23)—and the battle was on. Claimed the Bergophobes: Wozzeck uses unsuitable language...

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