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Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Linea

Luciano Berio
24.10.1925—27.05.2003

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Luciano Berio
Linea

Work Details

Year of composition: 1973
Scored for: for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimba
Composer: Luciano Berio
Instrumentation details: piano(2); Vibraphone; marimba
Duration: 15′
Dedication: a Vittoria Ottolenghi
 
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Audio Excerpt

Linea

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

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