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Berio: Sequenza IXa

for clarinet

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  • Composer: Luciano Berio
  • Instrumentation: Clarinet
  • Work: Sequenza IXa
  • ISMN: 9790008011481
  • Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches


The piece begins rather hesitantly, as if the music were preparing again and again to play a melody, only to remain stuck on a single pitch, held for 10, then 8, then 6 seconds. But the music does slowly gain momentum, the sustained pitches dispelled until they reoccur at the end. Berio says that this "Sequenza" is a long melody which, "like almost every melody, includes redundancy, symmetries, transformations and recurrence."