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Luciano Berio: Naturale

  • (about Sicilian melodies) (1985)
  • for viola, percussion and recorded voice (of sicilian folk singer)
  • Duration: 20’
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    percussion (1 player: tam-tam with sleigh bells, 3 roto-toms, marimba)
    tape (recorded voice of sicilian folk singer)
  • Composer: Luciano Berio

Work introduction

Naturale was composed in 1985 for the Ater Balletto of Reggio Emilia and is dedicated to Aldo Bennici “in brotherly devotion”.

The piece has the subtitle “action for dance” but it can also be performed in concert. It re-employs themes of Sicilian folk songs first used by Berio in Voci for viola and two groups of instruments (1984), which here have been filtered out, so to speak. The flow of musical events is interrupted by the voice of a Sicilian folk singer, recorded by the composer in Palermo. The work is nourished by the contrast between a highly refined transcription of folk songs and the raw, natural voice of a folk singer.


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

Next performances

World première

Taormina (IT)
Main soloists:
Aldo Bennici, vla; Ater Balletto

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