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Folk Songs

Folk Songs

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Year of composition: 
1964
Year composition ended: 
1964
Text: 

Black is the colour (USA)
I wonder as I wander (USA)
Loosin yelav (Armenia)
Rossignolet du bois (France)
A la femminisca (Sicily)
La donna ideale (Italy)
Ballo (Italy)
Motettu de Tristura (Sardinia)
Malurous qu'o un fenno (Auvergne [France])
Lo fiolaire (Auvergne [France])
Azerbaijan love song (Aserbaijan)

Language: 
English, Armenian, French, Italian, Azeri
Scored for: 
mezzo-soprano and 7 instruments
Commissioned by: 
Mills College, Oakland, California
Duration: 
23'
Annotations: 

Instrumentation: fl, cl, 2 perc, hp (or guit), 1 vla, 1 vc
Instrumentation details: flute (+picc); clarinet in Bb; 1st percussion; 2nd percussion; harp (or guitar, slightly amplified); viola; violoncello

First performance: 
1964, Oakland, CA. Cathy Berberian, Luciano Berio
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
13717
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Author's note: English

Author's note: French

Air

Air
from "Opera"

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Year of composition: 
1970
Year composition ended: 
1970
Text: 

Alessandro Striggio

Language: 
English
Scored for: 
soprano and 4 instruments
Duration: 
7'
Annotations: 

Instrumentation: piano, violin, viola, cello

First performance: 
1971, Rovereto. Alide Maria Salvetta (S)
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
14986
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Author's note: English

Author's note: French

Epifanie

Epifanie
Year of composition: 
1959-1961/1965
Year composition ended: 
1961
Year of revision: 
1965
Scored for: 
female voice and orchestra
Commissioned by: 
Südwestfunkorchester Baden-Baden
Annotations: 

Epifanie for female voice and orchestra (1959-1961/1965) was withdrawn by the composer (see Epiphanies).

First performance: 
1961, Donaueschingen Festival. Südwestfunkorchester Baden-Baden, dir: Hans Rosbaud.
Publisher: 
Universal Edition (withdrawn)
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Chamber Music

Chamber Music
Year of composition: 
1953
Year composition ended: 
1953
Language: 
English
Text sources: 
Poems by James Joyce
Scored for: 
female voice, clarinet, cello and harp
Dedication: 

Cathy Berberian

Duration: 
8' 30''
Annotations: 

I. Strings in the earth and air
II. Monotone
III. Winds of may

First performance: 
1953, Milan. Cathy Berberian (MS)
Publisher: 
Edizioni Suvini Zerboni
Edition number: 
5053

Ofaním

Ofaním

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Year of composition: 
1988
Year composition ended: 
1988
Year of revision: 
1997
Language: 
Hebrew
Text sources: 
Texts from the Old Testament: the Book of Ezekiel (1, 19) and Sons of Songs (4, 5)
Scored for: 
2 children's choirs, 2 instrumental groups, female voice and live electronics
Dedication: 

Rivi Pecker

Duration: 
30'
Annotations: 

Instrumentation: 6 0 4 0 - 2 4 2 0 - 2 perc, midi-keyb
Instrumental group I: fl 1°, 2°, 3° (3° anche ottavino 1°), cl picc 1° in Eb, cl 1° in Bb, trp piccola 1°, trp 1° in C, hrn 1° in F, trb 1°, percussion 1° (4 rototoms, 2 sonagli, tam-tam, 2 timp, snare drum, flute à coulisse).
Instrumental group II: fl 4°, 5°, 6° (6° also ottavino 2°), cl picc 2° in Eb, cl 2° in Bb, trp piccola 2°, trp 2° in C, hrn 2° in F, trp 2°, percussion 2° (4 rototoms, 2 sonagli, tam-tam, timp, snare drum, flute à coulisse).

First performance: 
25/06/1988, Prato, inauguration Museo d'arte contemporanea. Esti Kenan, Finchley Children's Music Group, Musicus Concentus, Luciano Berio. Première first revised version (in memoriam Rivi Pecker): 11/11/1992, Jerusalem, dedication of the Supreme Court Building. Esti Kenan-Ofri, Ankor Children's Choir, Tempo Reale, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, David Shalon
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
32632
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Author's note: English

Author's note: French

Calmo

Calmo
(in memoriam Bruno Maderna)

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Year of composition: 
1974
Year composition ended: 
1974
Year of revision: 
1989
Language: 
Italian
Text sources: 
Homer, Edoardo Sanguineti, Saadi, Cantico dei Cantici, Lirici greci (anonymous)
Scored for: 
mezzo-soprano and 22 instruments
Duration: 
20'
Annotations: 

Instrumentation: 2 0 4 1 – 1 2 1 0 – perc, hp, alto sax, 3 vla, 3 vc, 2 cb
Instrumentation details: piccolo (+fl); alto flute; clarinet in Eb; 1st clarinet in Bb; 2nd clarinet in Bb; bass clarinet in Bb; alto saxophone in Eb; bassoon; horn in F; 1st trumpet in C; 2nd trumpet in C; trombone; percussion; harp; viola(3); violoncello(3); contrabass(2)

First performance: 
25/03/1974, Milano. Slavka Taskova Paoletti (MS), dir. Luciano Berio. Revised version: 16/10/1990, Paris. Slavka Taskova Paoletti (MS), Ensemble Intercontemporain, dir. Pierre Boulez
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
19478
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Author's note: French

Air

Air
from "Opera"
Year of composition: 
1969
Year composition ended: 
1969
Text: 

Alessandro Striggio

Language: 
English
Scored for: 
soprano and orchestra
Duration: 
7'
First performance: 
1971, Rovereto. Alide Maria Salvetta (S)
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
13799

Agnus

Agnus

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Year of composition: 
1971
Year composition ended: 
1971
Language: 
Latin
Scored for: 
2 sopranos, 3 clarinets (and electric organ)
Dedication: 

a Flora e Giorgio Bloch

Duration: 
6'
First performance: 
1971, Indiana. Scheurer (S), Sambuco (S)
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
13755
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Author's note: English

Author's note: French

Beatles Songs

John Lennon – Paul McCartney – Luciano Berio
Beatles Songs
Lennon – McCartney – Berio
Year of composition: 
1967
Year composition ended: 
1967
Language: 
English, French
Scored for: 
voice and instruments
Duration: 
8'
Annotations: 

Songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney (1965) arranged for voice and instruments.

Michelle I for voice and 3 instruments: 2 fl, hpsd or fl, ob, hpsd (2')
Michelle II for voice and 7 instruments (alternative arrangement): fl, cl, hp, vln vla, vc, cb (2')
Michelle II for voice and 7 instruments (transposed version): fl, cl, hp, vln vla, vc, cb (2')
Ticket to Ride for voice and 8 instruments: fl, ob, tpt, hpsd, vln, vla, vc, cb (2')
Yesterday for voice and 3 instruments: fl, hpsd, vc (2')

Publisher: 
Universal Edition

Otto Romanze

Giuseppe Verdi – Luciano Berio
Otto Romanze
Verdi – Berio
Year of composition: 
1990
Year composition ended: 
1990
Text: 

In solitaria stanza (Jacopo Vittorelli) - Il poveretto (S. M. Maggioni) - Il mistero (Felice Romani) - L'esule (Temistocle Solera) - Deh, pietoso, oh addolorata (J. W. v. Goethe, transl. by Luigi Balestra) - Il tramonto (Andrea Maffei) - Ad una stella (Andrea Maffei) - Brindisi (Andrea Maffei)

Language: 
Italian
Scored for: 
tenor and orchestra
Duration: 
25'
Annotations: 

Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1 – timp, perc, hp, str

First performance: 
27/09/1990, Padova. José Carreras, English Chamber Orchestra, Luciano Berio
Publisher: 
Universal Edition
Edition number: 
19915
Program notes: 

Author's note: Italian

Author's note: English