Luciano Berio: Calmo

Luciano Berio Calmo
Calmo

Luciano Berio: Calmo

Year of composition:
1974/1989
Scored for:
for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Text author:
Homer; Edoardo Sanguineti; Saadi
Soloists:
mezzo-soprano
Instrumentation:
2 0 4 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc, hp, alto sax, vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo (+fl)
alto flute
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
bassoon
horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
trombone
percussion
harp
viola(3)
violoncello(3)
contrabass(2)
Duration:
20’
Dedication:
written for Paul Sacher
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Work introduction

Berio and composer-conductor Bruno Maderna were close friends; Berio always emphasised how much he could have learned from Maderna, five years his senior. Calmo is an elegy for him; it is wreathed in references to his friend - alone the choice of lyrics relates to Maderna (Berio set poems which his friend once used). The mezzo-soprano sings for long stretches without interruption, as if she were crying her lament to heaven, lending the piece an atmosphere of a dramatic scene from Greek tragedy – a moving testimony to the loss Berio suffered when Maderna died.

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Calmo

Luciano Berio: Calmo

study score
for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments , 20’
Instr.: 2 0 4 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc, hp, alto sax, vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)

Calmo

Luciano Berio: Calmo

score
for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments , 20’
Instr.: 2 0 4 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc, hp, alto sax, vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)

Calmo

Luciano Berio: Calmo

study score
for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments , 20’
Instr.: 2 0 4 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc, hp, alto sax, vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)

Calmo

Luciano Berio: Calmo

score
for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments , 20’
Instr.: 2 0 4 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc, hp, alto sax, vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)

World première

Location:
Milano
Date:
25.03.1974
Conductor:
Luciano Berio

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