Luciano Berio: 'points on the curve to find ...'

Luciano Berio 'points on the curve to find ...'
'points on the curve to find ...'

Luciano Berio: 'points on the curve to find ...'

Year of composition:
1974
Scored for:
for piano and 22 instruments
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Soloists:
piano
Instrumentation:
3 2 3 2 - 2 2 1 1 - cel, alto sax, vla(1), vc(2), cb(1)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb (+t.sax(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
trombone
bass tuba
celesta
viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
11’30”
Dedication:
to Dorothy d'Bonaventura
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Work introduction

“Points on the curve to find …” sounds like one of the Chemins – perhaps because Berio initially composed the piano part, before adding the orchestral layers. The piece starts off in a great hurry, with an incessant tremolo in the piano, until the music abruptly halts just before the end. Berio explains the title this way: “ … the piano part alone (it is almost always homophonic) can be heard as a curve … on which the other instruments position themselves to reveal and interpret their harmonic characteristics – like a template or drawing, where one adds more lines at various points – they change the sense while also illuminating other latent aspects.”

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World première

Location:
Donaueschingen
Date:
20.10.1974
Orchestra:
SWF-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor:
Ernest Bour

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