Luciano Berio: Ritorno degli snovidenia

Luciano Berio Ritorno degli snovidenia
Ritorno degli snovidenia

Luciano Berio: Ritorno degli snovidenia

Year of composition:
1976-1977
Scored for:
for violoncello and 30 instruments
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Soloists:
violoncello
Instrumentation:
3 2 3 2 - 2 2 3 1 - pno, alto sax, vln(3), vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
3rd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinete in Bb
2th clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
bass tuba
piano
1st violin
2nd violin
3rd violin
1st viola
2nd viola
3rd viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
3rd violoncello
1st contrabass
2nd contrabass
Duration:
19’
Dedication:
pour Paul Sacher
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Ritorno degli snovidenia
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Work introduction

Commissioned by Paul Sacher for Mstislav Rostropovich and the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the piece deals with the meeting of a West-European, left-wing intellectual’s idealistic notions about the Revolution and a Soviet artist’s first-hand, personal experiences. As Berio realised, the snovidenia, i.e. the composer’s dreams, are destroyed by the people, by Stalinism.

The cello concerto works with three fragments of revolutionary songs, the solo instrument playing an endless melody, developing tremendous tension from beginning to end with the ensemble’s help. Two short, unexpected crescendi form the climaxes, while the tension comes close to exploding.

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World première

Location:
Basel
Date:
20.01.1977
Orchestra:
Kammerorchester Basel
Conductor:
Paul Sacher

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