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25th Jan 2020


National Gallery Singapore

Luciano Berio : FOLKSONGS

Folksongs by Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio : FOLKSONGS
Luciano Berio : FOLKSONGS

Time & Location

25th Jan 2020

National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957

About the event

Resonates With: The Opera People @ The National Gallery SESSIONS  • Session 1: 2–2.30pm • Session 2: 3–3.30pm •  Session 3: 4–4.30pm  

Work introduction

"I have always sensed a profound uneasiness while listening to popular songs performed with piano accompaniment. This is one of the reasons why, in 1964, I wrote Folk Songs - a tribute to the artistry and the vocal intelligence of Cathy Berberian. This work exists in two versions: one for voice and seven players (flute/piccolo, clarinet, two percussions, harp, viola, cello), the other for voice and orchestra (1973).It is an anthology of eleven folk songs of various origins (United States, Armenia, France, Sicily, Sardinia, etc.), chosen from old records, printed anthologies, or heard sung from folk musicians and friends. I have given the songs a new rhythmic and harmonic interpretation: in a way, I have recomposed them. The instrumental part has an important function: it is meant to underline and comment on the expressive and cultural roots of each song. Such roots signify not only the ethnic origins of the songs but also the history of the authentic uses that have been made of them.Two of the eleven songs (“La donna ideale” and “Ballo”) are only intentionally popular: I composed them myself in 1947 to anonymous Genoese and Sicilian texts." Luciano Berio.

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