Luciano Berio: Ekphrasis

Luciano Berio Ekphrasis
Ekphrasis

Luciano Berio: Ekphrasis

Year of composition:
1996
Subtitle:
(Continuo II)
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Instrumentation:
4 2 5 3 - 6 4 4 2 - mar, hp, cel, acc, pno, sop.sax, alto sax, t.sax, str(12 12 12 10 8)
Instrumentation details:
group A1: flute
alto flute
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
group A2: piccolo
flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
clarinet in Eb
soprano saxophone in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
group B1: 1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
1st trumpet in C (+picc.tpt)
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
group B2: 1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
1st trumpet in C (+picc.tpt)
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
orchestra: 1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
contrabassoon
marimba
celesta
accordion
harp
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Remarks:
the orchestra is divided into groups on different places in the room
Duration:
20’
Dedication:
a Dario Del Corno
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Work introduction

Ekphrasis (continuo II) is a reserved and reflective commentary on an adagio which I wrote in 1990. It is a commentary on a continuous and ever changing soundscape formed from a lace of repeated patterns.

I had no intention of composing a musical metaphor for architecture while I was working on Continuo. Nor did I want to write a musical homage to the famous architects from Chicago such as Sullivan, Wright or Mies van der Rohe. Neither did I want to engineer any direct reference to the amusing yet reasonable constructions by Renzo Piano whose work I greatly admire. During the course of composition, however, I realized that this was exactly what happened. The musical processes within the fabric of Continuo do indeed have similarities to architectural principles, in abstract form if not in static shape. The musical patterns result in a completely impractical building with no doors and pathways. Its expressive attraction, nonetheless, lies in the contradiction of being thus uninhabitable yet open at any one time for alternative extensions by added new wings, rooms and windows.

Luciano Berio

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Ekphrasis

Luciano Berio: Ekphrasis

study score
for orchestra , 20’
Instr.: 4 2 5 3 - 6 4 4 2 - mar, hp, cel, acc, pno, sop.sax, alto sax, t.sax, str(12 12 12 10 8)

Ekphrasis

Luciano Berio: Ekphrasis

full score
for orchestra , 20’
Instr.: 4 2 5 3 - 6 4 4 2 - mar, hp, cel, acc, pno, sop.sax, alto sax, t.sax, str(12 12 12 10 8)

World première

Location:
Las Palmas
Date:
24.01.1997
Orchestra:
Hessisches RSO
Conductor:
Luciano Berio

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