Luciano Berio: Calmo

  • for mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments
  • 2 0 4 1 - 1 2 1 0 - perc, hp, alto sax, vla(3), vc(3), cb(2)
  • Duration: 20’
  • Soloists:
    mezzo-soprano
  • Instrumentation details:
    piccolo (+fl)
    alto flute
    clarinet in Eb
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    alto saxophone in Eb
    bassoon
    horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    trombone
    percussion
    harp
    viola(3)
    violoncello(3)
    contrabass(2)
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Text author: HomerEdoardo Sanguineti Saadi
  • Dedication: written for Paul Sacher

Work introduction

Berio and composer-conductor Bruno Maderna were close friends; Berio always emphasised how much he could have learned from Maderna, five years his senior. Calmo is an elegy for him; it is wreathed in references to his friend - alone the choice of lyrics relates to Maderna (Berio set poems which his friend once used). The mezzo-soprano sings for long stretches without interruption, as if she were crying her lament to heaven, lending the piece an atmosphere of a dramatic scene from Greek tragedy – a moving testimony to the loss Berio suffered when Maderna died.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Milano (IT)
Date:
25.03.1974
Conductor:
Luciano Berio
Main soloists:
Paoletti

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