Berio's Sequenzas: "Essays on Performance, Composition and by JanetK. Halfyard

By JanetK. Halfyard

among 1958 and 2002, Luciano Berio wrote fourteen items entitled Sequenza, in addition to numerous models of an analogous paintings for various tools, revisions of the unique items and likewise the parallel Chemins sequence, the place one of many Sequenzas is used because the foundation for a brand new composition on a bigger scale. The Sequenza sequence is likely one of the such a lot impressive achievements of the past due 20th century - a set of virtuoso items that explores the services of a solo software and its participant, making severe technical calls for of the performer while constructing the musical vocabulary of the device in compositions so guaranteed and so particular that every piece either initiates and in all probability exhausts the repertoire of a brand new style. The Sequenzas have considerably stimulated the advance of composition for solo tools and voice, and there's no similar sequence of works within the output of the other composer. sequence of items are typically associated through the tools for which the composer writes, yet this can be a sequence within which the items are associated as an alternative via the range of tools for which Berio composed. the various ways taken by way of the participants in discussing the items display the richness of this repertoire and the numerous degrees on which Berio and those landmark compositions might be thought of. Contributions are prepared below 3 major headings: functionality concerns; Berio's Compositional approach and Aesthetics; and Analytical Approaches.

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