Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Bewegung

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio

Year of composition: 1971/1984
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Luciano Berio
Instrumentation: 3 3 3 3 - 4 4 3 1 - perc(3), hp, pno,, alto sax, t.sax, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
4th trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
3 tam-tams
electric organ
violin I
violin II
Commissioned by: Commissioned by The Scottish National Orchestra
Duration: 14′
Dedication: To Marina and Stefano
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World Première

Location: Glasgow / Great Britain
Date: 1971
Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra
Conductor: Luciano Berio
Remarks: UA Neufassung: 26.10.1984, Basel. Basler Sinfonieorchester, Luciano Berio

Work Introduction

Bewegung, written in 1971 for the Scottish National Orchestra and revised in 1984, is quasi una passacaglia unfolding very slowly within a very limited range of distinctive characters. The process of transformations goes so far as to modify into “melody” the neutral and ostinato element of the opening. In a relatively short time and with relatively simple elements of periodic, repetitive and circular nature, Bewegung evokes the image of movement in a “motionless”, suspended time. I’m not really convinced that music can suggest images of this kind; if I mention it now, it is only because Bewegung was really suggested to me by a dream I had one night, a dream about a passacaglia...

Luciano Berio

study score - Bewegung

  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score

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