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™Luciano Berio
™Sequenza III
™Berio’s Bio
™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
™Early Career
™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
™Career (cont.)
™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)
™1968 Sinfonia
™1972 returned to Italy to lead record company
™1994-2000 composer in residence at Harvard
™Sequenza III
™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.
™Special Techniques
™Mouth Clicks
™Dental Tremolo, Lip Vibrato, Cupping Mouth


Additional resources:

http://www.lucianoberio.org/en - official website

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Berio - more information