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Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – O King

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio
O King

Year of composition: 1968
Scored for: for mezzo-soprano and 5 players
Composer: Luciano Berio
Text Source: phonetic lyrics ("Martin Luther King")
Soloists: mezzo-soprano
Instrumentation: fl, cl, vln, vc, pno
Instrumentation details:
flute
clarinet in Bb
violin
violoncello
piano
Table of Contents:
O King for voice and five players
Commissioned by: commissioned by aeolian players
Duration: 5′
Dedication: to Martin Moore
 
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Audio Excerpt

O King

World Première

Location: Bowdoin College Maine / USA
Date: 04.05.1968
Orchestra: Aeolian Chamber Players

Work Introduction

Martin Luther King, the American pastor and civil-rights activist, was murdered in 1968. His death moved Berio that selfsame year to write a short piece in memorium, its text consisting of the name King only. (That same year, O King became a movement of [Berio’s] Sinfonia).

The voice is treated as part of the ensemble (flute, B-flat clarinet, violin, cello, piano) until the very end. It floats above the sound which is only as it were “punctured” by piano sforzati until, at the close, the mezzo-soprano emerges from the ensemble with a brief lament.

Score – O King

  • for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
  • Edition type: score
  • UE13781
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1044-5
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01549-6
EUR 21,50

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Set of parts – O King

  • for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
  • Edition type: set of parts
  • Language: vocalises
  • UE13782
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1113-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01550-2
EUR 35,95

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