Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Recital for Cathy

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio
Recital for Cathy

Year of composition: 1972
Subtitle: text by Luciano Berio (with references to Andrea Moretti and Edoardo Sanguineti)
Scored for: for mezzo-soprano and 17 instruments
Composer: Luciano Berio
Text Source: spoken text: Luciano Berio (with references to Andrea Moretti, Edoardo Sanguineti)
Text Author: Luciano Berio
Soloists: mezzo-soprano
Instrumentation: 1 1 2 0 - 0 1 1 0 - perc, pno(3),, alto sax, bass tpt (or hn), vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
trumpet in C
bass trumpet (or hn(F))
1st piano
2nd piano
3rd piano
electric organ
Duration: 35′
Dedication: for Cathy
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Recital for Cathy

World Première

Location: Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian Lissabon / Portugal
Date: 27.05.1972
Orchestra: Orquestra Gulbenkian
Conductor: Luciano Berio
Main Soloists: Cathy Berberian, MS
Remarks: venue: Grande Auditório

Work Introduction

Recital for Cathy is one of the most important rediscoveries of recent years. Luciano Berio wrote this highly entertaining, 35-minute piece of musical theatre for his then-wife, Cathy Berberian, including numerous quotations from musical history in a tragiccomic style. A list of the quotations and references can be found on Wikipedia.

Measha Brueggergosman on Recital for Cathy

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Recital for Cathy

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