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Luciano Berio: Diario immaginario

  • Radio work (1975)
  • for electronics
  • Duration: 31’
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Writer of pre-existing text: Molière
  • Text source: after Molière
  • Text adapter: Vittorio SermontiLuigi Diemoz
  • Remarks: Not available as a score. The tape is available on request for radio broadcast only. The tape will not be provided by UE but by RAI.

Work introduction

The scene of Diario immaginario is the mind of the actor who has often played the part of the protagonist in Molière’s The imaginary invalid. As in a dream, the actor remembers fragments of questions, answers, meditations, comments, and “intermezzi”, in a kind of interior monologue, or rather of interior self-commiseration. The actor has no interlocutors: he is alone with the double-bass continuo, which follows him like a shadow. The music is that which comes into his mind, progressively, as if he were imagining it. What he himself would choose if he were the director, to accompany the story he has so often interpreted. A music which, in fact, commiserates him, comments on him, and every now and then sings his praises. A music which makes him cry and laugh in an apparently incoherent fashion (especially in the intermezzo, where the chief actor and Punchinello tend to be identified), which he has absorbed here and there in films, on the radio, at concets and at the opera.

Diario immaginario, therefore, is not so much an analysis of the Molière character as the chronicle of the thoughts of an actor who irreparably bears with him, shadow-like, that gigantic character.

Luciano Berio

World première

RAI, Firenze (IT)
Sinfonieorchester der RAI Rom
Luciano Berio
Main soloists:
Bonacelli, Cathy Berberian, Mazzochi, Ingrati, Petracchi; Regie: P. Pressburger

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