Manon Gropius

Manon Gropius

Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death 22 Apr 1935 (aged 18)
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Burial Grinzing, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Memorial ID 10634452 · View Source
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Austrian Folk Figure. The daughter of famed architect Walter Gropius and Alma Mahler, she charmed inter-war Vienna society with her vivacious personality and intellect. Her death at 18 from polio inspired composer Alban Berg to write his great Violin Concerto (1936), which he dedicated "To the Memory of an Angel". Its first section is a "musical portrait" of Manon; the second depicts her death struggle and culminates in her soul achieving final peace. It was Berg's last completed work. He died in December 1935, and the Concerto proved to be his own Requiem as well as Manon's.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 17 Mar 2005
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Manon Gropius (5 Oct 1916–22 Apr 1935), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10634452, citing Friedhof Grinzing, Grinzing, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria ; Maintained by Find A Grave .