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  • Mühlrad

    Alban Berg paired the fifteen fragments of Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck to sixteen expressionist musical objects to create Wozzeck. In a spat of nihilism, the Captain refers to the world as a “mill-wheel,” eternally drowning in misery. The drawing therefore follows the structure of the play and the style of its time: a set of formal expressions floats limply in the libretto. The objects are arranged in a wheel along the F-sharp and B-natural motifs, activating and trapping the offhand and insignificant brutality of the third act in its motion. The resemblance to ground beef is intentional. Rafael Mostel, instructor. Architectonics of Music, Spring 2008.