Luciano Berio: La vera storia

Luciano Berio La vera storia
La vera storia

Luciano Berio: La vera storia

Year of composition:
1977-1981
Subtitle:
Azione musicale in 2 parti
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Original language:
Italian
Translator:
David Osmond-Smith (22.08.1985); Karl Heinz Füssl; Helmut Wagner
Librettist:
Luciano Berio (01.02.1979); Italo Calvino (01.02.1979)
Roles:
Leonora, soprano Luca, tenor Ada, mezzo-soprano Ivo, baritone Comandante, baritone Il Condannato, bass Ugo, tenor Prete, tenor storyteller (at least 2) 3 actors as passers-by passer-by, soprano vocal ensemble (2 2 2 2) 3 voices in the street mimes dancer
Choir:
SATB (mind. 60 Choristen)
Instrumentation:
4 3 4 3 - 3 3 3 1 - percl(3), hp, tastiera, pno (2), a-sax, t-sax, str; stage music: acc, bells, vl, pianola, e-guit, b-guit; synth
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
4th flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
contrabassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
3rd trombone
bass tuba
1st, 2nd,3rd percussion
harp
tastiera
1st piano
2nd piano (+cel)
violin I(18)
violin II(16)
viola(14)
violoncello(12)
contrabass(10)
MUSIC ON STAGE: accordion
bells
violin solo
Pianola
guitar
bass guitar
syntheziser
band: piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
3rd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
tenor horn in Bb
baritone in C
bass tuba
percussion
altosRNATIvE PARTS: tuba tenors/tuba bassa
Scenery:
2
Duration:
120’
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Work introduction

As in many of Luciano Berio’s musical dramas, there is no real plot to La vera storia, but rather a series of events. Wolfgang Schreiber said of the première at the Milan Scala in 1982: “Berio’s theme is tension, and the violent conflict between individual and state or society, of people and power, of freedom and authority.” In order to convey this, Berio and Italo Calvino created a storyline which draws elements of its plot from Verdi’s Il Trovatore. More important than these elements of the plot, however, is the manner in which they are presented, which also draws on existing operatic models, including solo arias, duets, trios, chorales – archetypal operatic forms. Berio extends this musical vocabulary with the two “cantastorie”, who describe and comment on the events of the opera in six folk-like ballads (unforgettable Milva as ballad singer). As with many of his other music theatre works, in La vera storia Berio also attempts “to enhance our consciousness of the fact that we ourselves are the only ones who are able to fit a story as it is told into our own experience of the world.”

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La vera storia

Luciano Berio: La vera storia

piano reduction
, 120’
Instr.: 4 3 4 3 - 3 3 3 1 - percl(3), hp, tastiera, pno (2), a-sax, t-sax, str; stage music: acc, bells, vl, pianola, e-guit, b-guit; synth

La vera storia

Luciano Berio: La vera storia

study score
, 120’
Instr.: 4 3 4 3 - 3 3 3 1 - percl(3), hp, tastiera, pno (2), a-sax, t-sax, str; stage music: acc, bells, vl, pianola, e-guit, b-guit; synth

La vera storia

Luciano Berio: La vera storia

full score
, 120’
Instr.: 4 3 4 3 - 3 3 3 1 - percl(3), hp, tastiera, pno (2), a-sax, t-sax, str; stage music: acc, bells, vl, pianola, e-guit, b-guit; synth

World première

Location:
Milano
Date:
09.03.1982
Orchestra:
Filarmonica della Scala
Conductor:
Luciano Berio

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