Luciano Berio


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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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The second disc also features Mahler's tragic and sorrowful Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children), composed between 1901 and 1904, as well as the poetic Funf fruhe Lieder (Five Early Songs), arranged by Luciano Berio, whose variable moods are rendered on the album with great sophistication.
Launching on Saturday, March 9, the festival features music by Bangor University's resident composers and local schoolchildren in homage to Italian composer, Luciano Berio.
It ends on March 14 with a homage to Italian Luciano Berio by Psappha, with two of his works, O King and Folk Songs.
Then Sulski and WCMS violinist Rohan Gregory played a duet of folk inspired pieces by the 20th Century Italian composer Luciano Berio.
It was Umberto Eco who, thanks to his friendship with Luciano Berio, highlighted then correspondences between literature and music and the potentiality of collaborative partnerships on an artistic, theoretical or ideological level.
Having mined the Luciano Berio Papers at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland, she provides a clear yet impressively detailed discussion of compositional sketches, performance histories, and the composer's extra-musical explorations such as the use of theatrical space.
Together with pianist Simon Passmore at the Queen's Hall, Hexham, at 8pm she will present a programme in the Exchange Cafe, From Bach to Berio, which includes highlights of the oboe and piano repertoire from the Baroque and the Romantic to the new sound-worlds of James MacMillan and Luciano Berio.
Luciano Berio (1925-2003), Sinfonia, premiered 1968--a five-movement work for orchestra and four vocalists (16)
It was an environment that could accommodate Luciano Berio and Janis Joplin, a crucible for everything from Minimalism to guitar rock and synth pop.
of London, UK) examines the literary influences on five vocal compositions from 1960-71 written by Italian composers of the twentieth century: Luigi Dallapiccola, Bruno Maderna, Luciano Berio, Giacomo Manzoni, and Armando Gentilucci.
Until his death in 2003, composer Luciano Berio was the Foundation's chairman, so it's appropriate the Santa Cecilia Orchestra brings his Sinfonia back to the Proms and the Royal Albert Hall, where it received its UK premiere in 1969.
Chamber music maestro Marquez, who is 40 this year, has worked with the likes of Luciano Berio, and is now a Pro- fessor at the Musik-Akademie of Basel.