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Luciano Berio: Linea

  • for 2 pianos, vibraphone and marimba
  • Duration: 15’
  • Instrumentation details:
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Dedication: a Vittoria Ottolenghi

Work introduction

Linea is the first work Berio composed expressly for dance – Felix Blaska was the choreographer for the first performance – but it certainly can be programmed as a purely musical piece. For long stretches, each of the two pianists plays one-handed, frequently unisono with the percussion instruments. But even when the pianists play four-hands and Berio uses chords, the music retains its delicacy, thanks to the composer’s preference for the high register. This is crystalline music – or music like icicles.

Translation © 2012 by Grant Chorley


World première

Grenoble (FR)
Main soloists:
Katja und Marielle Labèque, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Silvio Gualda

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