On Luciano Berio‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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, ‚ÄúConcerti degli Incontri Musicali,‚ÄĚ that were performed in various Italian venues in the same years.
A collection of Luciano Berio‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs writings ‚Äď a project directed by Talia Pecker Berio for the Italian publisher Einaudi ‚Äď 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‚Äôs birth we have chosen a precious audio document discovered during our constant search of materials related to the composer‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď not yet 37 years old ‚Äď 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.