Universal Edition - Luciano Berio – Voci

Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio

Year of composition: 1984
Subtitle: (Folk Songs II)
Scored for: for viola and 2 instrumental groups
Composer: Luciano Berio
Soloists: viola
Instrumentation: 3 2 4 2 - 2 2 2 1 - perc(3), keyb(synth), str(12 0 5 6 4)
Instrumentation details:
group A: flute (+picc)
cor anglais
clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
horn in F
trumpet in C
1st percussion
violin 1-3
viola 1-3
violoncello 1-3
contrabass 1-3
group B: 1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
clarinet in Eb
clarinet in Bb
horn in F
trumpet in C
bass tuba
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
keyboard (+synth)
violin 1-3
violin 4-6
violin 7-9
1st viola
2nd viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
3rd violoncello
Commissioned by: Scritto per Aldo Bennici.
Duration: 30′
Dedication: Dedicato a Laura e Paolo Martelli.
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World Première

Location: Basel / Switzerland
Date: 26.10.1984
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
Conductor: Luciano Berio
Main Soloists: Aldo Bennici

Work Introduction

The act of transcription (like that of translation) may imply three different conditions:  the identification of the composer with the original musical text, the turning of the text into a pretext for analytical experimentation and, finally, the overpowering of the text, its deconstruction and its philological “abuse”. I believe that an ideal situation occurs only when the three conditions come to blend and coexist. Only then may transcription become a truly creative, constructive act.

Voci (Folk Songs II), written in 1984 for Aldo Bennici and dedicated to Laura and Paolo Martelli, deals precisely with the problem of converging those three dimensions. I am deeply indebted to Aldo Bennici for providing me with the original musical material for the piece: songs of work and love, lullabies and “street cries” from different parts of Sicily. With Voci I hope to contribute to the enhancement of a more profound interest in the Sicilian folklore which, along with that of Sardinia, is certainly the richest, most complex and incandescent of our Mediterranean culture.

Luciano Berio

Study score – Voci (Folksongs II)

  • for viola and 2 instrumental groups
  • Edition type: study score
  • UE31122
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1825-0
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-05777-9
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solo part(s) - Voci

  • for viola and 2 instrumental groups
  • Edition type: solo part(s)

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