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Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Sequenza X

Luciano Berio
24.10.1925—27.05.2003

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Luciano Berio
Sequenza X

Work Details

Year of composition: 1984
Scored for: for trumpet in C (amplified by piano resonances)
Composer: Luciano Berio
Commissioned by: Commissioned by Angeles Philharmonic Association
Duration: 14′
Dedication: written for Thomas Stevens and dedicated
to Ernst Fleischmann
 
Licensing: Licensing Request

Audio Excerpt

Sequenza X

World Première

Location: Los Angeles / USA
Date: 1984
Main Soloists: Thomas Stevens

Work Introduction

Sequenza X presents the trumpet the way it is – no strange effects, no demands for playing techniques which would transform its character. Berio’s stroke of inspiration was to use a piano, invisibly amplified and with the loudspeaker hidden under the piano. The lid is fully open; the trumpeter must occasionally play into the piano. Berio uses the echo effects very sparingly – so it is all the more captivating when they do sound, with the trumpet continuing to play with its own echo in the background.

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