Luciano Berio: Tempi concertati

Luciano Berio Tempi concertati
Tempi concertati

Luciano Berio: Tempi concertati

Year of composition:
1958-1959
Scored for:
for flute, violin, 2 pianos and other instruments
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Soloists:
flute
Instrumentation:
1 2 3 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc(4), hp(2), pno(2), vln(1), vla(2), vc(2), cb(1)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in C
tenor trombone
1st percussion
2nd percussion
xylophone (+glock)
marimba (+vib)
1st harp
2nd harp
1st piano
2nd piano (+cel)
violin(1)
1st viola
2nd viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass(1)
Commission:
Kompositionsauftrag des Norddeutschen Rundfunds, Hamburg
Duration:
16’
Dedication:
à Henri Pousseur
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Work introduction

This is pointedly music of the 1950s, according to Berio’s intellect. The flute appears to have the leading role in this instrumental musical theatre, with support, commentary and counteraction from the two pianos and, intermittently, the percussion. Short dramatic altercations take place, the music becomes excited, but then it becomes calm again, lyrical and pensive.

Berio sees it all more prosaically, although he does allow that the piece is about the relationship between the discrete tempo and the communal one (that of the four small instrumental groups) – which is not always the case, but which still needs coordination in every instance. “The fluctuating between specific and relatively vague action can give the composition the discontinuous character of improvisation."

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World première

Location:
Hamburg
Date:
04.03.1960
Orchestra:
NDR-Orchester
Conductor:
Ernest Bour

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