Luciano Berio: Linea

Luciano Berio Linea
Linea

Luciano Berio: Linea

Year of composition:
1973
Scored for:
for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimba
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Instrumentation details:
piano(2)
Vibraphone
marimba
Duration:
15’
Dedication:
a Vittoria Ottolenghi
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Work introduction

Linea is the first work Berio composed expressly for dance – Felix Blaska was the choreographer for the first performance – but it certainly can be programmed as a purely musical piece. For long stretches, each of the two pianists plays one-handed, frequently unisono with the percussion instruments. But even when the pianists play four-hands and Berio uses chords, the music retains its delicacy, thanks to the composer’s preference for the high register. This is crystalline music – or music like icicles.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley

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World première

Location:
Grenoble (FR)
Date:
08.02.1974
Main soloists:
Katja und Marielle Labèque, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Silvio Gualda

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