Ascription of Identity: The Bild Motif and the Character of Lulu

@article{Santos2004AscriptionOI,
  title={Ascription of Identity: The Bild Motif and the Character of Lulu},
  author={Silvio Jose dos Santos},
  journal={The Journal of Musicology},
  year={2004},
  volume={21},
  pages={267-308}
}
  • Silvio Jose dos Santos
  • Published 2004
  • Art
  • The Journal of Musicology
  • The most controversial aspect of Alban Berg's opera Lulu -and one that has generated considerable criticism-is the composer's conception of the protagonist's character. Judith Lochhead, for example, argues that it is impossible to trace "a single, continuous feature that defines Lulu's personality." However, Berg offsets the "typological" element in Lulu's characterization by assigning her complex levels of interaction with her portrait, which is continuously present and symbolizes her sense of… CONTINUE READING