Luciano Berio: El mar la mar

Luciano Berio El mar la mar
El mar la mar

Luciano Berio: El mar la mar

Year of composition:
1952/1969
Scored for:
for soprano, mezzo-soprano and 7 instruments
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Text author:
Rafael Alberti
Soloists:
soprano; mezzo-soprano
Instrumentation:
fl, cl(2), hp, chromatic acc, vc, cb
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
chromatic accordion
harp
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
12’
Dedication:
à Jacques et Marilu Mehler
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Work introduction

El mar al mar is an early setting of a poem by the Spaniard Rafael Alberti; Berio reworked it 17 years later for flute, two clarinets, chromatic accordion, harp, cello and contrabass. Although the piece consists of three verse-settings, two parts can be characteristically differentiated: a lyrical movement of beguiling beauty, in which the soloists’ sustained notes seem to anticipate Birtwistle’s vocal style, and a fast, frolicsome movement featuring a prominent part for the accordion.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

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World première

Location:
Milano (IT)
Date:
30.11.1952

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