Luciano Berio: Corale

Luciano Berio Corale
Corale

Luciano Berio: Corale

Year of composition:
1981
Subtitle:
[su ‘sequenza VIII’]
Scored for:
for violin, 2 horns and strings
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Soloists:
violin
Instrumentation:
2 hn(F), str(at least 6 6 4 4 3)
Instrumentation details:
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
violin I(min. 6)
violin II(min. 6)
viola(min. 4)
violoncello(min. 4)
contrabass(min. 3)
Duration:
15’
Dedication:
pour Maya et Paul Sacher, affectueusement
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Work introduction

Perhaps Corale should actually be called Chemins; it is based on the same essentials as Berio’s other “commentaries” on his Sequenze. Although he had a special affinity for the violin – he called Corale a kind of homage to that instrument – he did not write a full-fledged violin concerto.

Yet despite its rather small number of players and its short duration, Corale could still be considered a violin concerto. The music travels over chequered landscapes, Berio giving a patina to the solo violin part with touches of playing techniques gleaned from musical history.

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World première

Location:
Zürich
Date:
17.01.1982
Orchestra:
Collegium Musicum Zürich
Conductor:
Paul Sacher

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