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L. Berio: Gesti

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    1. Composer: Luciano Berio
    2. Instrumentation: Alto (Treble) Recorder
    3. ISMN: 979-000800719-4
    4. Size: 12.0 x 9.1 inches

    Berio could have called "Gesti" a "Sequenza"; the approach is the same. The work calls for (almost literally) breathtaking virtuosity – fingers, tongue and respiration must be skilfully coordinated. The instrumental sounds, combined over and over with the flutist's voice, occasionally have a humorous effect, such as when the flute suggests a bird gone mad; in the final section, we hear that the instrument can sing, as well.