Berio - Sequenza III for female voice

Vocal Set works 2011

  • Created by: Joe
  • Created on: 24-04-11 11:19


- Avant-garde

- Written in 1966

- Virtuosic

- Extended Vocal Techniques

- Performances are rare

  • Likely to be at specialist modern music events
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Rhythm and metre

- No traditional rhythm or metre

- The timing of the piece is split into flexible 10 second segments

- Long and short durations which aren't notated traditionally

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Melody and Word-setting

- Text = poem by Marc Kutter

- Frequently dislocated and split into treatments:

  • Use of complete phrase (rare)
  • Spinning out of new phrases drawing on component parts of etxt
  • Splitting up of words or changing of component sounds

- Conventionally sung passages with clear pitches and intervals e.g. minor 3rds, broken triads, 7ths, augmented 4ths and repeated notes (notated on a 5-line stave)

- Otherwise, Berio uses other forms of voice-production:

  • Muttering
  • Laughing
  • Tongue clicks
  • Coughs
  • Sighs
  • Trills
  • Tremolos
  • Cupping of the hand over mouth


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