Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV

Luciano Berio Sequenza IV
Sequenza IV

Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV

Year of composition:
1965
Scored for:
for piano
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Commission:
Commissioned by Mr. May for the Washington University in St. Louis, Miss. The composer acknowledges the courtesy of Baldwin Piano Co.
Duration:
11’
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Sequenza IV
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Work introduction

This is a restless piece of music; chords change constantly, tremolo-like passages flash by. The dynamics range from ppp to fff, either abruptly or achieved via crescendi or decrescendi, ranging from dolce to sffz (always to be played “as loudly as possible”), while the tempi (40, 50, 60, 72, 104) vary, as pauses (which can be very long) interrupt the pitches; some of the latter are played with the fingers, and others with the palm of the hand. The pedal has an important part, producing, in Berio’s words, “veiled harmonic sequences.”

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World première

Location:
St. Louis
Date:
30.11.1965

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