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Luciano Berio: 'points on the curve to find ...'

  • for piano and 22 instruments
  • 3 2 3 2 - 2 2 1 1 - cel, alto sax, vla(1), vc(2), cb(1)
  • Duration: 11’30”
  • Soloists:
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute
    3rd flute
    cor anglais
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb
    3rd clarinet in Bb
    alto saxophone in Eb (+t.sax(Bb))
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    bass tuba
    1st violoncello
    2nd violoncello
  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Dedication: to Dorothy d'Bonaventura

Work introduction

“Points on the curve to find …” sounds like one of the Chemins – perhaps because Berio initially composed the piano part, before adding the orchestral layers. The piece starts off in a great hurry, with an incessant tremolo in the piano, until the music abruptly halts just before the end. Berio explains the title this way: “ … the piano part alone (it is almost always homophonic) can be heard as a curve … on which the other instruments position themselves to reveal and interpret their harmonic characteristics – like a template or drawing, where one adds more lines at various points – they change the sense while also illuminating other latent aspects.”


The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Donaueschingen (DE)
Ernest Bour
Main soloists:
Anthony di Bonaventura

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