Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Requies

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio

Year of composition: 1983-1984
Scored for: for chamber orchestra
Composer: Luciano Berio
Instrumentation: 2 2 3 2 - 2 2 1 0 - mar, hp, cel, str(8 8 4(6) 4(5) 3)
Instrumentation details:
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
violin I (8)
violin II (8)
viola (4(6))
violoncello (4(5))
contrabass (3)
Remarks: in memoriam Cathy Berberian
Duration: 17′
Dedication: in memoriam Cathy Berberian
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World Première

Location: Lausanne / Switzerland
Date: 26.03.1984
Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Conductor: Armin Jordan
Remarks: UA (komplette Version): 13. August 1985, Aspen. Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Luciano Berio

Work Introduction

A chamber orchestra is playing a melody: or rather, describes a melody, though only as a shadow might describe an object, or an echo a sound. The melody constantly but brokenly develops throughout repeats and digressions and around a central point, at once mobile and distant, possibly indecipherable to the listening ear. Requies, written in 1984 for the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, is dedicated to the memory of Cathy Berberian.

Luciano Berio, translated from the Italian by John Underwood

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