Vestiges of Twelve-Tone Practice as Compositional Process in Berio’s Sequenza I for Solo Flute

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Irna Priore, Associate Professor of Music Theory (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Luciano Berio’s first Sequenza dates from 1958 and was written for the Italian flutist Severino Gazzelloni (1919–92). The first Sequenza is an important work in many ways. It not only inaugurates the Sequenza series, but is also the third major work for unaccompanied flute in the twentieth century, following Varèse’s Density 21.5 (1936) and Debussy’s Syrinx (1913). Berio’s work for solo flute is an undeniable challenge for the interpreter because it is a virtuoso piece, it is written in proportional notation without barlines, and it is structurally ambiguous.

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Language: English
Date: 2007
Music Theory, Luciano Berio, Sequenza, Solo Flute

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