A play (actually just a fragment
) by Georg Büchner, who died in 1837 while working on it. Revolutionary for its time because up until that period, tragedy
as a genre was reserved for stories about the upper classes. Its companion piece is Büchner's play Leonce and Lena
, which conversely is a scathing comedy about the upper classes — a concept that was just as taboo.
Franz Woyzeck is a soldier with a child out of wedlock. To help make his living, he does odd jobs for his commanding officer and participate in "medical" experiments. He's gone completely crazy - seeing apocalyptic visions everywhere - but no one seems interested in that. When his wife, out of a mixture of boredom and hopelessness, begins seeing a Drum Major, Woyzeck lashes out.
In 1979, Werner Herzog
had just finished filming a remake
. After almost spending a week without making a movie, he got to work on Woyzeck
, which became one of his most beloved films.Tom Waits
and Robert Wilson have written a Rock Opera
based on the play. Alban Berg also composed an opera
, titled Wozzeck
The unfinished drama by Georg Büchner provides examples of:
The movie by Werner Herzog provides examples of:
The Waits/Wilson rock opera provides examples of: