October 24 – Sequenza I by Luciano Berio

Luciano Berio, born on this day in 1925, was a pioneering composer noted for his work in electronic media and for his series of virtuosic pieces for solo instruments, the first of which is written for flute. These Sequenza are meant to explore every timbral possibility of the instruments for which they are written and often call exhaustively for extended techniques. The Sequenza I for flute is the first known use of multiphonics on the instrument as well as a pioneering usage of spacial notation. Interpretational challenges of this composition are additionally complicated by a 1992 edition which sets the piece in traditional notation and which opens up to a wide variety of choices to be made by each performer.

Nave Graham received a BM degree from the University of South Carolina.

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