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Luciano Berio: Gesti

  • for treble recorder
  • Duration: 5’
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Dedication: for Frans Brueggen

Work introduction

Gesti calls for (almost literally) breathtaking virtuosity – fingers, tongue and respiration must be skilfully coordinated. The instrumental sounds, combined over and over with the flutist’s voice, occasionally have a humorous effect, such as when the flute suggests a bird gone mad; in the final section, we hear that the instrument can sing, as well.


World première

Amsterdam (NL)
Main soloists:
Frans Brüggen

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