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Universal Edition - Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio
24.10.1925—27.05.2003

Future Performances

El mar la mar
20.12.2014, Donostia (E)
Folk Songs
31.12.2014, Köln (D)
Rendering
03.01.2015, London (GB)
Folk Songs
05.01.2015, Karlstad (S)
Folk Songs
06.01.2015, Trosby (S)

News

  • 05.11.2014
    Via Luciano Berio
    Via Luciano Berio

    The CSLB announces with great happiness that a street has been named after Luciano Berio in a new [...]

  • 24.10.2014
    Remembering Luciano Berio
    Remembering Luciano Berio

    Maybe this desire to try and possess everything is a little Faustian, and I don’t yet know if a [...]

  • 13.10.2014
    Richard Uttley launches Ghosts & Mirrors
    Richard Uttley launches Ghosts & Mirrors

    Pianist Richard Uttley will present his latest recording Ghosts & Mirrors on Wednesday 15 Octob [...]

  • Luciano Berio
    22.04.2013
    Omaggio a Berio
    Omaggio a Berio

    The Casa da Música in Porto commemorates the tenth anniversary of Luciano Berio’s death with a [...]

  • Luciano Berio
    14.12.2010
    Berio-Saal for the Vienna Konzerthaus
    Berio-Saal for the Vienna Konzerthaus
    The Wiener Konzerthaus commemorates Luciano Berio, after whom its new concert hall has been named, o [...]
  • Luciano Berio
    30.08.2010
    Luciano Berio: Two German premières at the Berliner Festspiele
    Luciano Berio: Two German premières at the Berliner Festspiele
    The German premières of 4 dédicaces (Concertgebouw Orkest, c. Mariss Jansons) and Stanze (London P [...]

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Luciano Berio

The Composer

Catalogue of works

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Luciano Berio’s biography begins like the story of many Italian (and German, and French…) composers of the past: his ancestors were all musicians ever since the 18th century. He was born in a small town, Oneglia, where his grandfather and his father played the organ in a local church and also composed. (Universal Edition has published some of their works in the volume Berio Family Album where Luciano’s pieces are printed along with Adolfo and Ernesto Berio’s).

While Ernesto Berio was an ardent admirer of the Duce, his son was an equally ardent antifascist – ardent and furious: he could not forgive Mussolini for [...]

About the Music

The past as future: Luciano Berio

In the aftermath of the Second World War, many composers of Luciano Berio’s generation felt obliged to wipe the slate clean. To a composer with roots as deep in the achievements of the past four centuries as Berio, this was never an option.

His work constantly re-invented continuities where others saw only the possibilities of rupture. Not that he was ever tempted by the assorted nostalgias that haunted some part of the music of the last century. On the contrary, he maintained an insatiable curiosity about the explorations of his contemporaries – musical or otherwise. But his dialogues with literature, with linguistics, with structural [...]

10 of 150 Works