NANCY USCHER. Luciano Berio describes his Sequenza VI for Solo Viola, written in , as an “etude in endurance, strength and intensity.”1 The sequenza. for viola (). Sequenza VI for viola, written for a modern soloist in the widest and most responsible sense of the term, is a piece of great virtuosity (a very. Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VI for viola, composed in , analyses from a composer’s point of view, with the aim of drawing practical compositional inferences.

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The work alternates these two gestural ideas melodic and chordalproducing a sectional form based on changes in texture, gestural predominance, and shaping processes. Genre Chamber Music Classical. Berio’s Sequenza VI for Viola. Downloads per month over past year.

Hydra 2 viiola recording. In Sequenza VI, Berio proves the viola capable of an almost flamenco-like aggression.

An analysis of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VI for viola (1967) and a folio of nine compositions.

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Introspection Late Night Partying. How might the performance freedom implied by the rhythmic notation of Sequenza VI be transferred to compositions for ensemble? In a nod to Paganini ‘s Caprices for solo violin, Berio begins the piece with beroi bowed multi-stops.


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Sequenza VI (author’s note)

In the compositions, written for ensembles, the music develops in a more consistent manner by constant transformations between seemingly free and open events which occur within a sophisticated framework. A Garland for Dr.

Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey. Hydra 3 digital recording. The metric patterns are changed frequently in a consistent manner but not before a minimum aural comprehension.

The A’ section develops the chordal gestures, while the B section focuses instead on the melodic ideas, using the tremolando gesture as an articulative device at first. A new event usually brings about a tempo and metric differentiation which is controlled by metric modulation. The transition from an area of serial material to an aesthetically different environment of modal material is prepared gradually by modulations in harmony, texture, rhythm, dynamic and tone colour. Un re in ascolto Cronaca del luogo.

How can the serial and modal material be organized and combined? Text Commentary on Compositions. Such musical “commentaries” on his own work reflect and parallel Berio ‘s approaches to the music of other composers. Broadly speaking the rhythmic parameter is vioola as the most important stylistic factor in both Sequenza VI and the Compositions.


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In Sequenza VI the freedom in performance, implied by the unbarred conventional notation, mainly refers to the degree of rhythmic deviation which is allowed to the performer. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. In the compositions the sense of rhythmic freedom is obtained more by a variety of textures than by a rhythmic deviation in performance.

Retrieved from ” https: These bedio figures gradually increase in prominence over the course of this section. Hydra 1 digital recording. How is the textural and rhythmic irregularity of Sequenza VI modelled in the folio?

In a reversal of the process found in the exposition, the tremolando chords gradually increase in frequency over the B section.

The opening A section is an exposition dominated at first by the tremolando chords, but also using short melodic segments to articulate phrases and create internal fluctuations.