Luciano Berio: Chemins III

  • (su Chemins II) (1968/1973)
  • for viola and orchestra
  • 4 0 4 3 - 4 4 3 1 - perc(4), hp(2), cel, e.org, str
  • Duration: 15’
  • Soloists:
    viola
  • Instrumentation details:
    piccolo
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb
    bass clarinet in Bb
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    contrabassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    3rd trumpet in C
    4th trumpet in C
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    tuba
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    3rd percussion
    4th percussion
    1st harp
    2nd harp
    celesta
    electric organ
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Luciano Berio

Work introduction

“Rien de ce que l’on fait n’est jamais fini,” wrote Berio for the premiere performance of this work: “Nothing one does is ever finished.” Sequenza VI is a good example; initially, Berio discovered the possibilities of a work for viola and ensemble (Chemins II), further developing it later on into an orchestral work (Chemins IIb). In Chemins IIc it became a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra and ultimately, in Chemins III, a viola concerto.

Like all the other versions, this work is a tour de force for the soloist, as the instrument tries to prevail over hostile forces – the orchestra – in the course of the concerto. At the end, the viola stands alone, victorious but exhausted; it has strength enough for one short tremolo, otherwise wearily playing isolated notes until the music abates entirely.

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Paris (FR)
Date:
30.11.1967
Orchestra:
Ensemble Musique Vivante
Conductor:
Luciano Berio
Main soloists:
und Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF; Walter Trampler

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