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The structure of the passage is diagrammed in Figure 1.
Luciano Berio: Circles
Compositions by Luciano Berio compositions Chamber music compositions E. There can be little doubt, in this context, that his careful attention to the timbres of the text are inspired by the aesthetic of the author of these poems: Poems 25 and 76 appear twice, in different moments of the musical development. I had no intention of writing a series of vocal pieces with harp and percussion accompaniment; rather, I was interested in elaborating the three poems in a circular way so that a unified form resulted, where bdrio different levels of meaning, the vocal action and the instrumental action would strictly condition each other, even on the plane of phonetic qualities.
The final appearance of C-sharp in the passage is in the melisma on the word morte in bar Mortetherefore, serves not only as the dramatic and structural climax of the movement, but as the source of the movement’s characteristic instrumental figuration as well. The work was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, with a dedication in the score to Beeio Olga Koussevitsky. The dying downward glissando of morte is unmistakable.
Text and Music in Luciano Berio’s Circles
It is indivisible from its gestures. Luciano Berio Text author: Circles is the result of a convergence between a type of literature that since the beginning of the century “Finnegans Wake” would circlles an extreme case has achieved a “musical” autonomy and an explosion of traditional forms and a type of music which attempts, by means of the structures of spoken language, to win back the characteristics of all language, whether musical or linguistic.
Il contenuto di questa pagina richiede una nuova versione di Adobe Flash Player. Up to this point, all sforzandi since the first bar 2 have been articulated by pairs of instruments and never as a tutti unison. In Figure 1, it can be seen to coincide with bberio structurally important moments in the percussion parts: In the first phrase, for example, the C-sharp does not occur in the voice until the end bar 6. Circles for female voice, harp and two percussion players Texts by e.
Of more immediate interest, however, are the extrapolations from the speech sounds in the cirxles to the timbre and figuration in the instrumental parts. For example, the word “sting-” at the beginning corresponds exactly to the sound of the harp.
The symmetrical appearances of the C-sharp in the central second phrase givesin turn, a certain symmetry to the pitch structure of the passage as a whole.
A Garland for Bwrio. Circles programme note Circles for female voice, harp and two percussion players Texts by e.
Setting the Sound of the Text The organization of the sforzandiverio fermatas, and the recurring tonal reference serve as a structural frame for a continuous interaction of the text and music throughout the movement. Circles is a composition for female voice, harp and circled percussionists by the Italian composer Luciano Berio. The vocal part occasionally adopts a ” detache ” style which prevents us from tracking the voice from one pitch and one speech sound to another as easily as we might.
Even if Berio’s Circles points to the major musical interests of its time, especially at the level of the use of a text’s phonetic traits, its truly innovative qualities lie in the way the study of a simple development on the basis of a physical analogy between the phonetic and instrumental material is carried out to the benefit of a deeper exploration of all aspects of linguistic and musical organization.
In this sense, the text is a base line from which everything can be derived and to which everything can be traced back. Throughout the course of the work the singer moves backwards as if receding into the ensemble. The rolled r in the voice is extended durationally and by timbral extrapolation by a woodblock roll in percussion I see Figure 8.
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Next work Compass Luciano Berio Compass. Text and Music in Luciano Berio’s Circles. Retrieved from ” https: This was a completely new kind of interaction for me, a kind of permanent exchange, an extraordinarily stimulating challenge.
Folk Songs Sinfonia A-Ronne. I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. Figure 5 In phrase three, the voice again avoids the C-sharp until the climax on morte near the end of the phrase. Ricerca Search this site: Our composers Luciano Berio Works Circles.
As indicated in Figure 1, these phrases are articulated by: This is the first recurrence of this gesture. Berio follows an A-B-C-B-A arch form in Circles the text from the first two poems circlew repeated with a different setting. Music is never pure: