1925-2003, Born in present-day Imperia, Italy near French border.
Dad, Granddad were both organists
Drafted for WWII, hurt his hand the first day
Studied at Milan Conservatory after war
1947 first piece, Suite for Piano, performed
Piano accompanist job is where he met mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian
1952 studied at Tanglewood (serialism)
Attended Darmstadt conference
1953 started electronic music studio in Milan with Maderna
1962 Darius Milhaud invited him to teach at Mills College (Oakland, CA)
1965 Teaching post at Juilliard
1966 Won Prix Italia for Laborintus II (Same year of Sequenza III)
1972 returned to Italy to lead record company
1994-2000 composer in residence at Harvard
Started writing the sequenzas in 1958 and continued until 2002. (14 total)
Two concepts- dedication to repertoire/relationship of performer and instrument
Basis for Sequenza III
Markus Kutter modular poem:
Give me a few words for a woman
to sing a truth allowing us
to build a house without worrying before night comes
Unaccompanied, unpitched at parts
Berio talks about III
“tried to assimilate many aspects of everyday vocal life.”
“can also be considered a dramatic essay whose story…is the relationship between the soloist and her own voice.”
Performance begins as soon as performer appears.
Single line- spoken, 3-line- relative register, 5-line-precise intervals but pitch can be transposed to fit performer.
Dotted lines indicate change of vocal color on same pitch should be smooth.
Dental Tremolo, Lip Vibrato, Cupping Mouth
http://www.lucianoberio.org/en - official website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Berio - more information