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My copy of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza V had been in the filing cabinet for literally 30 years before I attempted to play it. The piece was written for tenor trombone. Grock. And the Berio Sequenza V. This page includes: Grock’s biography. Luciano Berio’s comments about Grock and Sequenza V. Abbie Conant’s comments. Berio – Sequenza V – Download as PDF File .pdf) or read online.

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Music is a form of thinking and being. He futilely tries to improve his appearance by sharpening the crease on his trousers.

This same faceting of forms and images, a careful contrasting of sounds, dynamics, phrasing, and timing can give our music the same indelible qualities that mesmerize people. Sequenza V was composed as a tribute to Grockcalled “the last of the great clowns” by Berio Sound is simply the medium through which it is transmitted. He became the partner of a clown named Brick and changed his name to Grock in This is the reverse of the normal build up structure of the Law of Three.

He was a music clown. We sense a mysterious and profoundly subtle disengagement, as if they were surrendering to something larger than themselves. Affected formality is countered and parodied by absurd informality. Luciano Tgombone Sequenza V.

The more serious he takes himself the funnier he is to us. Two years later Grock perfected those adventures of a simpleton among musical instruments that made many a European audience laugh — at his wonder as to where the strings had gone when he held his fiddle the wrong side up.


Luciano Berio: Sequenza V

Grock, top-hatted, sheepishly comes out from behind the curtain, clueless and somewhat hunched over walking slightly bowlegged, like a country simpleton. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, I wished I could do both of them. As a child of 11, the composer saw the clown perform and in the middle of his routine, Grock stopped, turned to the audience, and asked “warum?

He lifts up his oversize professor coat as if it were a pinafore to show his ankles. The son of a watchmaker, he became an amateur acrobat and was allowed to spend each summer with a circus, where he performed first as a tumbler and then as a violinist, pianist, and xylophonist. Grock appears to be almost crotchety and stiff which makes his feats of virtuosic athleticism even more astounding.

Sequenza V – Wikipedia

When Grock bumps against the guitar player, he is actually executing precisely timed cues that create the perfect rhythm of the skit. And the Berio Sequenza V. The violinist stares his disapproval as Grock self-consciously tries to find a place to hide his hands.

During that performance, just once, he suddenly stopped and, staring at the audience, he asked: Un re in ascolto Cronaca del luogo. We see that music derives from something deeper than mere sound. If properly done, even a gesture of the arm or hand can create a kind of soundless music.

But again, it is not something you can really strive to do. Notice how repetitions and pauses in just announcing the name of the song builds tension. Grock was my neighbour in Oneglia. Grock pulls out a single ball which is made from one of his gloves and starts to go through the standard juggling moves as if he had several juggling balls.


The multi-layered pantomime, acrobatics, juggling, balancing, playing and singing merge into a bio-spiritual force of pure joy. At the highest levels, music is a form or way of being.

After that experience I haven’t stolen oranges from his garden anymore. He continues by mimicking singing in a way that is so yrombone and entertaining it is better than the song itself.

Here Grock invokes the ancient Law of Srquenza. Scratching in public is so indelicate! Notice the perfect pantomime technique of his supposed exit. Clowns explore the worlds of extreme dualities, and in their greatest moments, capture both in a single instant. It is at those fundamental levels prior to sound that the deepest meanings and joy of music reside.

He abruptly halts with his back still turned to us. His arm and leg movements are akin to modern day hiphop but with the oversize shoes appearing to make his feet twist at the ankles to a ridiculous degree.

Through intense, sustained work you just find that it sometimes happens. The clown drags him off by the scruff of his neck. Compositions by Luciano Berio Compositions for trombone compositions Serial compositions.

Through long practice these dualities have become a part of his being. If you have already looked at the videos, all the better.

More delay before the grand performance with violin and piano. A tin toy was made of Grock playing his bberio sometime in the s. The violinist asks for a chord from the orchestra to herald the entrance of the great Professor.