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Récit is based on Sequenza IX (1980), also for alto saxophone. Berio chose the title “Récit” to underline the music’s narrative character, selecting the word, as he said, under the influence of French philosopher Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005). Berio noted in an interview that the orchestra functions in a different way from that of the other Chemins: instead of further developing or preparing the solo part, it is completely autonomous. Essentially, the alto saxophone plays the Sequenza – but the pauses are longer this time, to let the orchestra unfold its own material.