Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

Luciano Berio Folk Songs
Folk Songs

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

Year of composition:
1964/1973
Scored for:
for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Soloists:
mezzo-soprano
Instrumentation:
2 1 3 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in C
trombone
percussion(2)
harp
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
Black is the colour (USA)
I wonder as I wander (USA)
Loosin yelav (Armenia)
Rossignolet du bois (France)
A la femminisca (Sicily)
La donna ideale (Italy)
Ballo (Italy)
Motettu de Tristura (Sardinia)
Malorous qu'o un fenno (Auvergne [France])
Lo fiolaire (Auvergne [France])
Azerbaijan love song (Aserbaijan)
Duration:
23’
Dedication:
to Cathy
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Work introduction

I have always sensed a profound uneasiness while listening to popular songs performed with piano accompaniment. This is one of the reasons why, in 1964, I wrote Folk Songs - a tribute to the artistry and the vocal intelligence of Cathy Berberian. This work exists in two versions: one for voice and seven players (flute/piccolo, clarinet, two percussions, harp, viola, cello), the other for voice and orchestra (1973).

It is an anthology of eleven folk songs of various origins (United States, Armenia, France, Sicily, Sardinia, etc.), chosen from old records, printed anthologies, or heard sung from folk musicians and friends. I have given the songs a new rhythmic and harmonic interpretation: in a way, I have recomposed them. The instrumental part has an important function: it is meant to underline and comment on the expressive and cultural roots of each song. Such roots signify not only the ethnic origins of the songs but also the history of the authentic uses that have been made of them.

Two of the eleven songs (“La donna ideale” and “Ballo”) are only intentionally popular: I composed them myself in 1947 to anonymous Genoese and Sicilian texts.

Luciano Berio

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Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

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for mezzo-soprano and orchestra , 23’
Instr.: 2 1 3 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, str

Folk Songs

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

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for mezzo-soprano and orchestra , 23’
Instr.: 2 1 3 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(2), hp, str

Next performances

28 Dec

Folk Songs

Festspielhaus, Erl (AT)

01 Mar

Folk Songs

Besedni dum, Concert Hall, Brno (CZ)

01 Mar

Folk Songs

Liszt Academy, Budapest (HU)

02 Mar

Folk Songs

Besedni dum, Concert Hall, Brno (CZ)

02 Jun

Folk Songs

Großer Saal, Bochum (DE)

World première

Location:
Zürich
Date:
30.11.1972
Orchestra:
Collegium Musicum Zürich
Conductor:
Luciano Berio

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