Luciano Berio: Sequenza II

Luciano Berio Sequenza II
Sequenza II

Luciano Berio: Sequenza II

Year of composition:
1963
Scored for:
for harp
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Table of contents:
Sequenza II per arpa sola
Duration:
8’15”
Dedication:
a Francis Pierre
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Sequenza II
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Work introduction

Sequenza II for harp was written five years after No. 1, for flute; a total of 14 pieces bearing that title followed at regular intervals until 2002. With this Sequenza, Berio embarked on an exciting voyage of discovery, searching for new ways the harp can be played and made to sound. And the result is indeed exciting – for instance in the fortissimo chords which alternate with mezzo forte chords and piano melodic fragments, unleashing terrific dynamism, in line with Berio’s intention to reveal “the harder, more powerful, more aggressive side” of the harp.

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World première

Location:
Darmstadt
Date:
30.11.1962

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