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Berio, Luciano

(lo͞ochä`nō bĕr`yō), 1925–2003, Italian composer, b. Oneglia. After studying at the Milan Conservatory and working as a coach and conductor in Italian opera houses, Berio was introduced in 1952 to serial musicserial music,
the body of compositions whose fundamental syntactical reference is a particular ordering (called series or row) of the twelve pitch classes—C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B—that constitute the equal-tempered scale.
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 by Luigi DallapiccolaDallapiccola, Luigi
, 1904–75, Italian composer, b. Pazan, Istria (now in Croatia). Dallapiccola was in a detention camp during World War I; because his wife was Jewish, he suffered persecution under Mussolini.
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, and a nondoctrinaire serialism subsequently pervaded his music. In 1954, he began working in electronic musicelectronic music
or electro-acoustic music,
term for compositions that utilize the capacities of electronic media for creating and altering sounds.

Initially, a distinction must be made between the technological development of electronic instruments and the
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 at Milan Radio with Bruno MadernaMaderna, Bruno
, 1920–73, Italian composer and conductor, b. Venice. Maderna studied composing with Gian Francesco Malipiero and conducting with Hermann Scherchen. As a conductor he introduced many avant-garde works to Italy.
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, and founded the Studio di Fonologia Musicale, an important electronic music center. Despite the uncompromising modernism of his innovative and analytically avant-garde compositions, their richly sensuous sound colorings and dramatic power made them popular with concert audiences.

Among Berio's many works are Sequenzas I–XIII (1957–94), each a virtuoso piece for a different solo instrument and one (1966) for the soprano voice; Circles, settings of poems of E. E. CummingsCummings, E. E.
(Edward Estlin Cummings), 1894–1962, American poet, b. Cambridge, Mass., grad. Harvard, 1915. His poetry, noted for its eccentricities of typography (notably the lack of capitalization), language, and punctuation, usually seeks to convey a joyful, living
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 for mezzo-soprano, harp, and percussion; several pieces with texts taken from James JoyceJoyce, James,
1882–1941, Irish novelist. Perhaps the most influential and significant novelist of the 20th cent., Joyce was a master of the English language, exploiting all of its resources.
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's work; Visage (1961), for electronically manipulated voice; Sinfonia (1968), for orchestra and voices; Opera (1970, rev. 1977), for mixed media; La vera storia (1982), an opera with acrobats and a wordless soprano; Ofanim (1988), for voices, instruments, and electronics; and two operas, Outis (1996) and Cronaca del Luogo (1999). In the late 1980s Berio, who was also an influential teacher, founded the Centro Tempo Reale, a Florence new music center for research, production, and training.

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It started years ago with the Bartok violin duos, Mozart, Janacek, Stedron, later Alfred Schnittke, Vladimir Godar, Peter Graham, now Luciano Berio and Gyorgy Kutag.
The 'overture' is Berio's Sequenza III, a nine-minute, a cappella vocalise that begins, "give me a few words tor a woman to sing ..." In this context, "sing" is a technically complex, rhythmically intricate setting of the text in a spectrum of elongated pitches, staccato syllables, sighs, laughs and breathing sounds.
Tuesday's performance will range from Sibelius' Karelian-induced songs to the Ancient Greek eroticism of Debussy's Bilitis songs, which were inspired by the famed courtesan from Cyprus and disciple of Sappho; from the dark Cuban sensuality of Montsalvatge's Canciones negras through the Andalusian passion of de Falla's Canciones Populares Espanolas, to Berio's highly virtuosic Four Folk Songs.
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Equally accomplished was Luciano Berio's collection of Folk Songs, drawn together originally for his mezzo wife Cathy Berberian, but sung here with and vocal dexterity by Liverpool-born Jennifer Johnston (incidently, she describes herself on Twitter as an 'accordion-playing Liverbird') The variety within the 11 songs, drawn from the US, Europe and the Caucuses, stretched her to the extremities of her range, from a lovely chocolatey contralto, through mellow mezzo to muscular, soaring soprano.
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Federico Bragetti, interpretant [beaucoup moins que] Les mots sont alles [beaucoup plus grand que], recital pour violoncelle de Luciano Berio (1979), et GiulioTanasini jouant [beaucoup moins que] Motivy pour contrebasse [beaucoup plus grand que] (1968) d'Emil Tabakov, les deux solos ont orne le silence religieux de la salle.
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