Luciano Berio: Sequenza X

Luciano Berio Sequenza X
Sequenza X

Luciano Berio: Sequenza X

Year of composition:
1984
Scored for:
for trumpet in C (amplified by piano resonances)
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Commission:
Commissioned by Angeles Philharmonic Association
Duration:
14’
Dedication:
written for Thomas Stevens and dedicated to Ernst Fleischmann
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Sequenza X
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Work introduction

Sequenza X presents the trumpet the way it is – no strange effects, no demands for playing techniques which would transform its character. Berio’s stroke of inspiration was to use a piano, invisibly amplified and with the loudspeaker hidden under the piano. The lid is fully open; the trumpeter must occasionally play into the piano. Berio uses the echo effects very sparingly – so it is all the more captivating when they do sound, with the trumpet continuing to play with its own echo in the background.

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World première

Location:
Los Angeles (US)
Date:
30.11.1983
Main soloists:
Thomas Stevens

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