with Sam Nichols, electronics, and Pierpaolo Polzonetti, narrator
About the Program
Italian composer Luciano Berio pioneered electronic elements in
his scores, and in his homage to the 12th-century poet Dante
Alighieri, he laid a musical fabric (which includes recorded
audio) against a collection of poems called Laborintus
by Edoardo Sanguineti, which is spoken throughout the music. The
result is Berio’s Laborintus II. Sanguineti’s text is
thematically Dante-esque and incorporates the poetry of T.S.
Elliot and Ezra Pound alongside his own. Berio said his,
“Laborintus II is a theatre work; it can be treated as a
story, an allegory, a documentary, a dance. It can be performed
in a school, in a theatre, on television, in the open air, or in
any other place ….” In this performance these texts will be read
by Professor Pierpaolo Polzonetti, and the electronic music
section will be performed by music faculty Sam Nichols.