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Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Linea

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio

Year of composition: 1973
Scored for: for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimba
Composer: Luciano Berio
Instrumentation details:
Duration: 15′
Dedication: a Vittoria Ottolenghi

Audio Excerpt


World Première

Location: Grenoble / France
Date: 08.02.1974
Main Soloists: Katja und Marielle Labèque, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Silvio Gualda

Work Introduction

Linea is the first work Berio composed expressly for dance – Felix Blaska was the choreographer for the first performance – but it certainly can be programmed as a purely musical piece. For long stretches, each of the two pianists plays one-handed, frequently unisono with the percussion instruments. But even when the pianists play four-hands and Berio uses chords, the music retains its delicacy, thanks to the composer’s preference for the high register. This is crystalline music – or music like icicles.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

Performing score – Linea

Ein virtuoses Stück, dessen Hauptthema sich auf die Töne Cis und E konzentriert und damit beim Hörer unweigerlich den Eindruck hervorruft, dass das Stück in cis-Moll und A-Dur stünde.

  • for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimbaphone
  • Edition type: performing score
  • UE15991
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1737-6
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02693-5
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