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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Tambien con importantes compositores dirigiendo sus propias obras como Aaron Copland, Luciano Berio y Cristobal Halffter y solistas como Daniel Barenboim, Yehudi Menuhin y Mstislav Rostropovich.
Prague Modern recorded the first two pieces on the album: Talea by Gerard Grisey (1946-1998) and Requies by Luciano Berio (1925-2003).
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.
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.
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.?
The concert's program will also see Bieri and the Borusan Quartet perform the late Italian composer Luciano Berio's "Lied for Solo Clarinet," and Mozart's "Clarinet Quintet in A Major."
Then Sulski and WCMS violinist Rohan Gregory played a duet of folk inspired pieces by the 20th Century Italian composer Luciano Berio. The expressive rendition showed the children the evocative possibilities of what their new instruments might be able to do.
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.
As was the brilliant staging of Luciano Berio's Laborintus II, this Dante-derived work assuredly directed by Jonty Harrison, and with Philip Curtis the convincingly Italianate narrator.
At the annual business meeting in Ottawa the committee was pleased to announce that the 2010--and first ever!--Cambridge University Press Award would be awarded to Claudia di Luzio, of the Humboldt University of Berlin, for her paper titled "Open Tasks in Opera: Luciano Berio's Experimental Music Theater and His American Years." Dr.