Luciano Berio

Italian composer. Born 24 October 1925. Died 27 May 2003
Luciano Berio
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1925-10-24
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Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio Biography (BBC)

Berio was born in 1925 in Oneglia, on the Ligurian coast. His father and grandfather were local musicians and composers, and he grew up hearing and playing chamber music. At the Milan Conservatory (1945–51) he studied with G. F. Ghedini and met an American singer, Cathy Berberian. In 1952, after their marriage, he made his first trip to the USA, where he studied with Luigi Dallapiccola at Tanglewood and encountered electronic music. All these experiences were crucial. Chamber Music (1953), written for Berberian, was a homage to Dallapiccola and also the start of an independent creative life, and that same year he made his first electronic essays.

Also in 1953 he met Maderna and Stockhausen, and began to take his place among the young radicals of European music. But though excited by innovation, he was encouraged by his friendship with Umberto Eco to feel a deeper cultural embedding. He created electronic music out of a recorded voice (Thema), formed the first of many monologues that spring from an instrument’s nature, technique and history (Sequenza I, for flute), and held onto qualities of suavity and lightness not widely found among the avant-garde at this point (Serenata I).

With Maderna he was joint head of Italian radio’s electronic music studio in Milan (1955-61), working there on Thema and Visage with Berberian, and in the concert hall with her on Circles (with harp and percussion) and Epifanie (with orchestra). He then moved to the USA to teach. Divorce and remarriage (in 1965) did not interrupt his artistic association with Berberian, continuing while he began exploring classical genres in his Sinfonia and first opera, Opera (1969–70).

In 1972 he settled near Siena; five years later he was married for the third time. Coro (1975–7), for a large assembly of singers and instrumentalists, was his boldest encounter with folk music, an abiding interest. The two operas that followed, La vera storia (1977–81) and Un re in ascolto (1979–84), explored new ways of creating stage narrative, being formed, as now his music generally was formed, from tissues of allusion, memory, cross-reference and challenge.

After a creatively disappointing association with IRCAM, he formed his own electroacoustic group in 1987, and worked with them on the projection and transformation of live sound in Ofanim (for female singer with children’s choir and ensemble) and the opera Cronaca del luogo (1998–9). Meanwhile he continued to add to his Sequenza series and to display his orchestral expertise, whether in original works, in arrangements or in such self-arrangements as the Chemins string of Sequenza-based commentaries. He died in Rome in 2003.

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Luciano Berio Tracks

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Concertino
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Folk Songs (Rossignolet du bois)
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Folk Songs (Rossignolet du bois)
Luciano Berio
Folk Songs
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Folk Songs
Luciano Berio
Cries of London
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Cries of London

Cries of London

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Anna Graca
Magnus Wennerberg
Johan Pejler
Luciano Berio
Thema (Homage to Joyce), for tape
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Thema (Homage to Joyce), for tape
Luciano Berio
Les mots sont allés
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Les mots sont allés
Luciano Berio
Sinfonia - movement 3
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Sinfonia - movement 3

Sinfonia - movement 3

Ensemble
New Swingle Singers
Conductor
Luciano Berio
Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and 7 players
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Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and 7 players
Luciano Berio
34 Duets for 2 Violins: 1. Bela (Bartok)
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34 Duets for 2 Violins: 1. Bela (Bartok)
Luciano Berio
A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: For Lenny (LB.AM.LB.M.W.D.IS.LB)
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A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet: For Lenny (LB.AM.LB.M.W.D.IS.LB)
Johannes Brahms
Sonata in F minor for clarinet and orchestra, Op 120 No 1 (4th mvt)
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Sonata in F minor for clarinet and orchestra, Op 120 No 1 (4th mvt)
Luciano Berio
Folk Songs
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Folk Songs
Luciano Berio
Oh King
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Oh King
Luciano Berio
Sinfonia
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Sinfonia
Luciano Berio
Wasserklavier
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Wasserklavier
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Cinque Variazioni
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Cinque Variazioni
Luciano Berio
Rounds
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Rounds
Luciano Berio
Folk Songs: 'Black is the Colour' and 'Loosin yelav'
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Folk Songs: 'Black is the Colour' and 'Loosin yelav'
Luciano Berio
Laborintus II
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Laborintus II

Laborintus II

Choir
Chorale Experimentale
Conductor
Luciano Berio
Opus Number Zoo For Wind Quintet
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Opus Number Zoo For Wind Quintet

Opus Number Zoo For Wind Quintet

Ensemble
Orchestra Mozart Soloists
Luciano Berio
Tenebrae; Die Schlacht (Stanze)
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Tenebrae; Die Schlacht (Stanze)
Luciano Berio
Sequenza XIII
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Sequenza XIII
Luciano Berio
Naturale
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Naturale
Luciano Berio
Un Re in Ascolto (end of Part I)
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Un Re in Ascolto (end of Part I)
Luciano Berio
Coro (extract)
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Coro (extract)

Coro (extract)

Performer
Orf-Symphonienorchester
Luciano Berio
Cries of London
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Cries of London
Luciano Berio
A-Ronne (extract)
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A-Ronne (extract)
Luciano Berio
Points on the Curve to Find
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Points on the Curve to Find
Luciano Berio
Erdenklavier
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Erdenklavier
Luciano Berio
Sinfonia (3rd, 4th and 5th movements)
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Sinfonia (3rd, 4th and 5th movements)

Sinfonia (3rd, 4th and 5th movements)

Orchestra
Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Luciano Berio
Sinfonia (1st and 2nd movements)
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Sinfonia (1st and 2nd movements)

Sinfonia (1st and 2nd movements)

Orchestra
Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Luciano Berio
Sequenza III
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Sequenza III
Luciano Berio
Sequenza I
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Sequenza I
Luciano Berio
Rendering, after Schubert Symphony No 10 (1st mvt)
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Rendering, after Schubert Symphony No 10 (1st mvt)
Luciano Berio
Folk Songs
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Folk Songs

Folk Songs

Ensemble
Juilliard Ensemble
Conductor
Luciano Berio
Circles
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Circles
Luciano Berio
Epifanie
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Epifanie

Epifanie

Performer
Orf-Symphonien Orchester
Luciano Berio
Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)
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Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)
Luciano Berio
Quartet for strings
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Quartet for strings
Luciano Berio
Five Piano Variations
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Five Piano Variations
Luciano Berio
Prelude (Petite Suite for piano)
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Prelude (Petite Suite for piano)
Luciano Berio
Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini)
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Ritirata notturna di Madrid (after Boccherini)
Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 (3rd mvt)
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Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 (3rd mvt)
Trad.
Black is the colour; Rossignolet du bois; Azerbaijan Love Song
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Black is the colour; Rossignolet du bois; Azerbaijan Love Song
Luciano Berio
Azerbaijan Love Song (Folk Songs)
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Azerbaijan Love Song (Folk Songs)
Luciano Berio
Opus Number Zoo
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Opus Number Zoo
Luciano Berio
Folk Songs
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Folk Songs

Folk Songs

Ensemble
Julliard Ensemble
Conductor
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1991: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1991-07-23T14:39:11
23
Jul
1991

Proms 1991: Prom 05

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1977: Prom 40
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Royal Albert Hall
1977-09-01T14:39:11
1
Sep
1977

Proms 1977: Prom 40

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1974: Prom 27
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Royal Albert Hall
1974-08-14T14:39:11
14
Aug
1974

Proms 1974: Prom 27

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1971: Prom 19
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-08-12T14:39:11
12
Aug
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 19

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1969: Prom 04
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Royal Albert Hall
1969-07-22T14:39:11
22
Jul
1969

Proms 1969: Prom 04

Royal Albert Hall

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