Luciano Berio: Concerto II

Luciano Berio Concerto II
Concerto II

Luciano Berio: Concerto II

Year of composition:
1988-1989
Subtitle:
(echoing curves)
Scored for:
for piano and 2 instrumental groups
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Soloists:
piano
Instrumentation:
group A: 3 2 4 3 - 2 2 2 1 - t.sax, cel, vla(3), vc(3), cb(3); group B: 1 1 1 0 - 3 2 1 0 - alto sax, e.org, vln(20), vla(6), vc(4), cb(4)
Instrumentation details:
group A: 1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
tenor saxophone in Bb (+alto sax(Eb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
celesta
viola(3)
violoncello(3)
contrabass(3) group B: piccolo
oboe
clarinet in Eb
alto saxophone in Eb
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
piccolo trumpet in D
trumpet in C
trombone
electric organ
violin(20)
viola(6)
violoncello(4)
contrabass(4)
Commission:
Commandé du Ministère des Affaires Culturelles 1977 pour l'Orchestre de Paris Création réalisée avec l'aide de la Fondation Total pour la Musique
Duration:
25’
Dedication:
à Daniel Barenboim
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Concerto II
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Work introduction

This piece is a typical example of Berio’s way of thinking as a composer; it is related to the Sequenze and their reworking into the Chemins. Its basis is "points on the curve to find …" (1974) for piano and 22 instruments, which Berio incorporated 15 years later in Concerto II in a broadened scope, thus realising a plan he had already had in mind when working on the earlier piece.

Although the work centres on the piano, it is not is not juxtaposed with the two ensembles; instead, it joins in a chamber-music relationship with them, playing together with soloists in both groups and mixing amongst instrumental layers.

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World première

Location:
Paris
Date:
03.11.1988
Conductor:
Pierre Boulez

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