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Luciano Berio, handwritten page from Una melodia di Gustav Mahler. Note sull’”Andante” della Sesta Sinfonia (in Colloque International Gustav Mahler, Paris 1986, pp. 108-115: 110, now in Luciano Berio, Scritti sulla musica, edited by A.I. De Benedictis, Torino, Einaudi 2013, p. 150).

On Luciano Berio’s birthday (he would have been 89 on the 24th of October), we are pleased to share with you some recent news concerning the editorial and research activities of the Centro Studi.
A new edition of Incontri Musicali - the short-lived yet epoch-making journal founded and edited by Luciano Berio between 1956 and 1960 – is forthcoming, edited by Angela Ida De Benedictis, from the Milanese publisher Archinto. The four issues of the journal will appear in a box along with a facsimile anthology of the program booklets of the series of concerts, “Concerti degli Incontri Musicali,” that were performed in various Italian venues in the same years.
A collection of Luciano Berio’s interviews, edited by Vincenzina C. Ottomano, is under way. The book will anthologize a vast number of interviews published in newspapers, magazines, journals and miscellaneous volumes between the 1950’s and 2003 and will offer a lively portrait of the composer, his ideas, his life and his music within the cultural, social and political context of his time. This will be the third volume of Berio’s writings – a project directed by Talia Pecker Berio for the Italian publisher Einaudi – following Un ricordo al futuro: Lezioni americane (the Italian version of the Norton lectures Remembering the Future published in 2006) and Scritti sulla musica (2013).
To mark this anniversary of Luciano Berio’s birth we have chosen a precious audio document discovered during our constant search of materials related to the composer’s life and work. It is a long radio interview conducted by Glenn Glasow in July 1962 for the KPFA radio station in Berkeley. In it, Berio – not yet 37 years old – talks extensively about his poetics and composing methods, about the influence of the social-economic scene on musical life and on some of his key works at that time, such as Circles and Tempi concertati.

Fall 2014 features many performances with Luciano Berio's music; the following is a selection of the most outstanding events.
Puccini’s Turandot with the Finale composed by Luciano Berio in 2001 will be performed at the Opéra de Nice between the 12th and 19th of November, with Roland Böer conducting and Federico Grazzini as stage director.
On November 13 Emilio Pomarico will conduct Coro at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires with the Buenos Aires Philarmonic Orchestra and the choir Diapasón Sur.

Berio’s Duetti for two violins feature in two different frameworks of the Paris Festival d’Automne. On November 22, 26 and December 6 a selection of the Duetti will be juxtapositioned to excerpts from Macé’s Ambidextre and Stockhausen’s Kontakte in a creative mosaic performed by students of the Rameau middle school of Versailles directed by Christophe Junivart. 
Workwhitinwork, William Forsythe’s famous interpretation of Berio’s Duetti, will be performed in Paris (November 17-26) and in other venues and dates by the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon within the “Portrait” of the American choreographer featured by the Festival d’Automne. For the complete calendar of the performances of Berio’s music click here.
On October 18 and 19 Radio Classica broadcasted the program «Note d’autore, a tu per tu con i compositori d’oggi», entirely devoted to Luciano Berio. An extended interview with Angela Ida De Benedictis, editor of Berio’s Scritti sulla musica published by Einaudi in 2013, approaches the composer’s writings and is intersected with excerpts from his music. The program can be listened in podcast on the Soundcloud channel of Radio Classica.

The world première of Cronaca del Luogo, Luciano Berio’s last music-theatre work, with a text by Talia Pecker Berio, inaugurated the Salzburg Festival on the 24th of July 1999. We wish to celebrate this date with documents, photos and excerpts from a radio interview with the composer and his wife, which was conducted by Michele dall’Ongaro and broadcast by the RAI Radio 3 in the days prior to the performance.
Next month we shall mark the 30th anniversary of yet another seminal music-theatre work by Luciano Berio - Un re in ascolto, which had its world première in the Salzburg in 1984 under the baton of Lorin Maazel whose recent passing is a huge loss for the musical community across the planet. We wish to honor his memory and to remember his life-long friendship and many significant musical encounters with Luciano Berio.

For the documents on Cronaca del Luogo, click here.