Luciano Berio

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Luciano Berio
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Born: October 24, 1925 (Oneglia, Italy)
Died: May 27, 2003 (Rome, Italy)
Luciano Berio was an Italian composer, pioneering in the fields of serial, experimental and electronic composition.

Berio studied with his father and grandfather, both organists and composers, and with Giorgio Federico Ghedini at the Milan Conservatory in the late 1940s. In 1950 he married the American singer Cathy Berberian, and the next year at Tanglewood he met Luigi Dallapiccola, who influenced his move towards and beyond 12-note serialism in such works as his Joyce cycle Chamber Music for voice and trio (1953). Further stimulus came from his meetings with Bruno Maderna, Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen in Basle in 1954, and he became a central member of the Darmstadt circle.

Berio directed an electronic music studio at the Milan station of Italian radio (1955-61), at the same time producing Sequenza I for flute (1958, the first of a cycle of solo explorations of performing gestures), Circles (1960, a loop of Cummings settings for voice, harp and percussion) and Epifanie (1961, an aleatory set of orchestral and vocal movements designed to show different kinds of vocal behaviour). These established his area of interest: with the means and archetypes of musical communication.

For most of the next decade he was in the USA, teaching and composing, his main works of this period including the Dante-esque Laborintus II for voices and orchestra (1965), the Sinfonia for similar resources (1969, with a central movement whirling quotations round Mahler and Beckett) and Opera (1970), a study of the decline of the genre and of Western bourgeois civilization. Two more operas, La vera storia (1982) and Un re in ascolto (1984), came out of his collaboration with Calvino. Other works include Coro (1976), a panoply of poster statements and refracted folksongs for chorus and orchestra, and numerous orchestral and chamber pieces.
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C 30 A 139 Luciano Berio - Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze album art Luciano Berio - Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen - Karlheinz Stockhausen Luciano Berio - Pierre Boulez - Olivier Messiaen - Karlheinz Stockhausen - Serenata I / Sonatine / Cantéyodjayâ / Zeitmasze (Album) Vega C 30 A 139 France 1958 Sell This Version
P 08509 L Luciano Berio - Allez Hop album art Luciano Berio Allez Hop(LP, Album) Philips P 08509 L Italy 1960 Sell This Version
58002 Luciano Berio - Polifonica-Monodia-Ritmica  /  Serenata #2  /  Differences album art Luigi Nono / Bruno Maderna / Luciano Berio Luigi Nono / Bruno Maderna / Luciano Berio - Polifonica-Monodia-Ritmica / Serenata #2 / Differences Time Records (3) 58002 US 1961 Sell This Version
58003 Luciano Berio - Circles / Frammento / Aria With Fontana Mix album art Luciano Berio - E. E. Cummings / Sylvano Bussotti / John Cage Luciano Berio - E. E. Cummings / Sylvano Bussotti / John Cage - Circles / Frammento / Aria With Fontana Mix (Album) Time Records (3), Time Records (3) 58003 US 1962 Sell This Version
TV 4046 Luciano Berio - Electronic Music album art John Cage, Luciano Berio, Ilhan Mimaroglu John Cage, Luciano Berio, Ilhan Mimaroglu - Electronic Music (Album) Turnabout TV 4046 US 1966 Sell This Version
TV 34177, TV 34177S Luciano Berio - Electronic Music III album art Luciano Berio / Jacob Druckman / Ilhan Mimaroglu Luciano Berio / Jacob Druckman / Ilhan Mimaroglu - Electronic Music III (Album) Turnabout, Turnabout TV 34177, TV 34177S US 1967 Sell This Version
WER 60021 Luciano Berio - Circles · Sequenza I, III, V album art Luciano Berio Circles · Sequenza I, III, V (Album) WERGO WER 60021 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
09 119 CAA, 9.119 CAA Luciano Berio - Orient-Occident / Momenti - Omaggio A Joyce / Continuo / Transition 1 album art Xénakis* / Berio* / Maderna* / Kagel* Xénakis* / Berio* / Maderna* / Kagel* - Orient-Occident / Momenti - Omaggio A Joyce / Continuo / Transition 1 (Comp) Philips 09 119 CAA, 9.119 CAA France 1967 Sell This Version
16.012 Luciano Berio - Tempi Concertati / D'Un Opéra De Voyage / Offrandes album art Varèse* / Berio* / Jolas* - Orchestre Du Domaine Musical, Gilbert Amy Varèse* / Berio* / Jolas* - Orchestre Du Domaine Musical, Gilbert Amy - Tempi Concertati / D'Un Opéra De Voyage / Offrandes Disques Adès 16.012 France 1968 Sell This Version
LS 86047, LS-86047 Luciano Berio - Images Fantastiques (Electronic Experimental Music) album art Berio* / Maderna* / Ferrari* / Xenakis* / Dufrène* - Baronnet* Berio* / Maderna* / Ferrari* / Xenakis* / Dufrène* - Baronnet* - Images Fantastiques (Electronic Experimental Music)(LP, Album, RE) Limelight, Limelight LS 86047, LS-86047 US 1968 Sell This Version
VICS-1313 Luciano Berio - The New Music, Volume 3 album art Nono*Fukushima*Berio*Lehmann* - Rome Symphony Orchestra* / Bruno Maderna Nono*Fukushima*Berio*Lehmann* - Rome Symphony Orchestra* / Bruno Maderna - The New Music, Volume 3 (Album, Comp) RCA Victrola VICS-1313 US 1968 Sell This Version
WER 60 052 Luciano Berio - Flöte album art Aurèle Nicolet, Pierre Boulez, Yoritsuné Matsudaira*, Kazuo Fukushima, Jürg Wyttenbach, Luciano Berio Aurèle Nicolet, Pierre Boulez, Yoritsuné Matsudaira*, Kazuo Fukushima, Jürg Wyttenbach, Luciano Berio - Flöte(LP, Album) WERGO WER 60 052 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
OS 3320 Luciano Berio - The Female Prisoner (La Prisonnière) album art Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio - The Female Prisoner (La Prisonnière) (Album) Columbia Masterworks OS 3320 US 1969 Sell This Version
S. 61079 Luciano Berio - Sinfonia / Visage album art Luciano Berio, The Swingle Singers*, The New York Philharmonic*, Cathy Berberian Luciano Berio, The Swingle Singers*, The New York Philharmonic*, Cathy Berberian - Sinfonia / Visage (Comp) CBS, CBS S. 61079 UK 1969 Sell This Version
STGBY 637 Luciano Berio - Le Piano Moderne album art Berio*, Boulez*, Krenek*, Dallapiccola*, Stockhausen* - David Burge Berio*, Boulez*, Krenek*, Dallapiccola*, Stockhausen* - David Burge - Le Piano Moderne (Album) CBS STGBY 637 UK 1969 Sell This Version
S 34-61079 Luciano Berio - Sinfonia album art Berio*, The Swingle Singers*, New york Philharmonic* Berio*, The Swingle Singers*, New york Philharmonic* - Sinfonia (Album) Columbia Masterworks S 34-61079 France 1969 Sell This Version
137 005 Luciano Berio - Discours II / Sequenza V / Solo Für Melodie-Instrument Mit Rückkopplung / Consecuenza album art Vinko Globokar, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlos Roqué Alsina Vinko Globokar, Luciano Berio, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlos Roqué Alsina - Discours II / Sequenza V / Solo Für Melodie-Instrument Mit Rückkopplung / Consecuenza (Album) Deutsche Grammophon 137 005 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
HM 30 889 Luciano Berio - Laborintus 2 Per Voci, Strumenti E Registrazione album art Luciano Berio - Musique Vivante* Luciano Berio - Musique Vivante* - Laborintus 2 Per Voci, Strumenti E Registrazione (Album) Arcophon HM 30 889 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
n.5124-5125-5126-5127 Luciano Berio - RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana - Musiche di Berio Bussotti Dallapiccola Malipiero Petrassi album art Berio* - Bussotti* - Dallapiccola* - Malipiero* - Petrassi* Berio* - Bussotti* - Dallapiccola* - Malipiero* - Petrassi* - RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana - Musiche di Berio Bussotti Dallapiccola Malipiero Petrassi(2xLP, Promo) RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana n.5124-5125-5126-5127 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
LP 30-235 Luciano Berio - Spielt Werke Für Soloflöte album art Bach*, Marais*, Debussy*, Honegger*, Ibert*, Varèse*, Berio*, Peter-Lukas Graf Bach*, Marais*, Debussy*, Honegger*, Ibert*, Varèse*, Berio*, Peter-Lukas Graf - Spielt Werke Für Soloflöte (Album) Claves LP 30-235 Switzerland 1970 Sell This Version
H-4402V Luciano Berio - Visage, Sequenza III, Cinque Variazioni, Circles album art Luciano Berio Visage, Sequenza III, Cinque Variazioni, Circles (Album) Candide H-4402V Japan 1970 Sell This Version
6500 631 Luciano Berio - Différences / Sequenza III / Sequenza VII / Due Pezzi / Chamber Music album art Berio* - Cathy Berberian, Heinz Holliger - Members of the Juilliard Ensemble*, Luciano Berio Berio* - Cathy Berberian, Heinz Holliger - Members of the Juilliard Ensemble*, Luciano Berio - Différences / Sequenza III / Sequenza VII / Due Pezzi / Chamber Music (Album) Philips 6500 631 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
6500 101 Luciano Berio - Klavierstücke IX & XI / Cinque Variazioni / Sequenza IV album art Stockhausen* - Berio* - Marie-Françoise Bucquet Stockhausen* - Berio* - Marie-Françoise Bucquet - Klavierstücke IX & XI / Cinque Variazioni / Sequenza IV (Album) Philips 6500 101 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
none Nono* / Berio* / Stockhausen* Nono* / Berio* / Stockhausen* - Musica Oggi(3xLP + Box) Arcophon none Italy 1970 Sell This Version
MG 2231, 2531 065 Luciano Berio - Meister Ihres Instruments III: Aurèle Nicolet album art Mozart*, Debussy*, Ibert*, Berio*, Fukushima*, Bach*, Schubert* - Aurèle Nicolet Mozart*, Debussy*, Ibert*, Berio*, Fukushima*, Bach*, Schubert* - Aurèle Nicolet - Meister Ihres Instruments III: Aurèle Nicolet(LP) Deutsche Grammophon, Deutsche Grammophon MG 2231, 2531 065 Japan 1970 Sell This Version