Luciano Berio: Cries of London

Luciano Berio Cries of London
Cries of London

Luciano Berio: Cries of London

Year of composition:
1974-1976
Scored for:
for 8 voices
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Text author:
Luciano Berio
Choir:
2S, 2A, 2T, 2B
Duration:
12’
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Cries of London
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Work introduction

Originally written for the six members of the King’s Singers, Berio reworked Cries of London for eight voices (SATB, two voices to each part), adding three sections. The words are compiled from phrases used by street vendors in old London, but the music is in no way a stylisation of folk-tunes. It is more like an echo of the street vendors’ voices, as the composer absorbed them as they rebounded from the walls of the old houses.

The piece calls for voices singing “instrumentally,” without vibrato, to perform their highly virtuosic music, which is by turns abstractly polyphonic, richly melodic and humorous.

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Next performances

08 Feb

Cries of London

Theatre du Capitole, Toulouse (FR)

World première

Location:
La Rochelle
Date:
30.11.1976

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