Questions and a Few Answers in Performing Luciano Berio’s Sequenza I
by Douglas Worthen
Berio’s iconic Sequenza I (1958) remains one of the most important solos in the flutist’s twentieth century repertoire. Yet, after Berio revised the score in 1992, new questions and a completely new and different interpretation was indicated. Although the new score clarified some issues, it was not well received and many performers simply ignored the revisions. By comparing and merging information from both versions, Dr. Worthen offers a process of assessing and incorporating Berio’s changes, while acknowledging that there will continue to be debate over specific moments where no clear choice can be entirely faithful to the score.
Douglas Worthen received his M. M. degree at the New England Conservatory and his D.M.A., at the Hartt School of Music. He has been Assistant Professor of Flute and Music History and Assistant Director of Music, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale since 2008.
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