Luciano Berio: Air

  • from "Opera" (1969/1970)
  • for soprano and 4 instruments
  • pno, vln(1), vla(1), vc(1)
  • Duration: 7’
  • Soloists:
    soprano
  • Instrumentation details:
    pno, vln(1), vla(1), vc(1)
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Text author: Alessandro Striggio
  • Dedication: pour Anni

Work introduction

Air, for voice, violin, viola, cello and piano, was written in 1970 for I Solisti di Torino. The text is an English translation of a few fragments from Act I of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Voice, string trio and piano are treated as separate entities, each developing independently its own discourse. Now and then the three discourses converge, revealing their common character.

Air, dedicated to my daughter Cristina, may also be listened to simply as a love song.

Now as the tunes change
Now gay now sad behold the trav’ller
From whom only a short time ago
Sighs were food and tears were drink
Rose of the sky life of the worldWhen did you see a more joyful lover.
Do you remember…

Luciano Berio

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