Luciano Berio: Epiphanies

Luciano Berio Epiphanies
Epiphanies

Luciano Berio: Epiphanies

Year of composition:
1991
Scored for:
for female voice and orchestra
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Text author:
Antonio Machado; Marcel Proust; Edoardo Sanguineti; Claude Simon; Bertolt Brecht; James Joyce
Soloists:
soprano; mezzo-soprano
Instrumentation:
4 3 4 3 - 4 4 4 1 - perc(6), hp(2), cel, vln.A(8), vln.B(8), vln.C(8), vla(8), vc(8), cb(6)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute (+picc)
4th flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet
2nd trumpet
3rd trumpet
4th trumpet
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
contrabass trombone
bass tuba (+t.tuba(Bb))
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
marimba
glockenspiel
vibraphone (+xyl)
1st harp
2nd harp
celesta (+e.org)
violin A(8)
violin B(8)
violin C(8)
viola(8)
violoncello(8)
contrabass(6)
Duration:
30’
Dedication:
Written for Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra
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Work introduction

Dennis Russell Davies and Luciano Berio talk about Epiphanies:

Luciano Berio’s Epifanie for female voice and large orchestra, first performed in Donaueschingen in 1961, gives its interpreter (the conductor) various options to choose from regarding the ordering of the work’s various sections. For the revised version of the work, Ephiphanies, completed in 1991 and written for Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Berio fixed the order of the texts sung by the soloist definitively. In the selection of these texts – taken from Marcel Proust, Antonio Machado, James Joyce, Edoardo Sanguineti, Claude Simon and Bertolt Brecht – Berio followed dramaturgical advice given by Umberto Eco.

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Epiphanies

Luciano Berio: Epiphanies

score
for female voice and orchestra , 30’
Instr.: 4 3 4 3 - 4 4 4 1 - perc(6), hp(2), cel, vln.A(8), vln.B(8), vln.C(8), vla(8), vc(8), cb(6)

World première

Location:
Philadelphia
Date:
22.04.1993
Orchestra:
Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor:
Luciano Berio

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