Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV

Luciano Berio Sequenza IV
Sequenza IV

Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV

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for piano
Luciano Berio
Commissioned by Mr. May for the Washington University in St. Louis, Miss. The composer acknowledges the courtesy of Baldwin Piano Co.
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Sequenza IV

Work introduction

This is a restless piece of music; chords change constantly, tremolo-like passages flash by. The dynamics range from ppp to fff, either abruptly or achieved via crescendi or decrescendi, ranging from dolce to sffz (always to be played “as loudly as possible”), while the tempi (40, 50, 60, 72, 104) vary, as pauses (which can be very long) interrupt the pitches; some of the latter are played with the fingers, and others with the palm of the hand. The pedal has an important part, producing, in Berio’s words, “veiled harmonic sequences.”

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Next performances

14 Feb

Sequenza IV

Studio 104, Paris (FR)

World première

St. Louis (US)
Main soloists:
J. de Carvalho

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