Luciano Berio

(1925 - 2003)
Berio studied initially with his grandfather Adolfo Berio and father Ernesto Berio who were both composers and organists. He studied composition and quickly became interested in the piano. Berio received lessons on serialism from Luigi Dallapiccola at Tanglewood in 1952, on a scholarship from the Koussevitzky Foundation. Berio has honorary doctorates from universities in London, Siena, Edinburgh and Turin. He has received numerous awards, including the Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis and the Wolf Prize in Arts in Jerusalem. He is the subject of several publications, including Luciano Berio: Two Interviews by Rossana Dalmonte and Bálint András Varga. As a conductor, Berio was active from the late 1960s. He founded the Juilliard Ensemble in New York City in 1967 and served as its conductor from 1967–71. He later served as artistic director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra in 1975 and the Orchestra Regionale Toscana from 1982–2003.

Luciano Berio Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements


No Timpani + 2 percussion + 1 celeste
1) sandpaper blocks, bean rattle, log drum, 3 wood blocks, marimba, 2 x pairs bongos, 3 tom toms, glass chimes, wood chimes, 2 timpani, sizzle cymbal, 2 x suspended cymbals, 3 triangles, guiro, 5 x cowbells, 3 x tam tams, tubular bells + B3, tabla, finger cymbals, lujon, hi hat 2) 2 x suspended cymbals, sizzle cymbal, 3 x triangles, glass chimes, hi hat, clash cymbals, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, maracas, kit bass drum, tambourine, bongos, snare drum, 3 tom toms, 2 congas, Paiste gongs F#3, A, Bb, Eb4, tabla, temple blocks, celeste

Concerto for Two Pianos

No Timpani + 3 percussion
1) marimba, 2) 6 tom toms (off 8 tom set), 3) 6 cowbells


No Timpani + 6 percussion
6 Spring coils, 9 wood blocks, 9 tuned cowbells, gongs Eb3, E3, F3, 2 congas, 4 tam tams, 6 snare drums, orchestral bass drum, 4 tom toms, temple blocks, 25 & 30" timpani, 2 bongos, tubular bells, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, claves, whip, 3 suspended cymbals, sleigh bells, guiro on stand, tambourine, 5 Latin cowbells

Folk Songs

No Timpani + 2 percussion
4 Spring coils, 2 low octaves crotales,  2 sets tubular bells, 2 tam tam, 2 wood blocks, 2 snare drums, 2 tambourines


No Timpani + 2 percussion
4 x spring coils, 4 x wood blocks, 2 x drum kits, tubular bells, claves, maracas, 2 x guiros, 2 x tam tams, sleigh bells, whip, vibraphone, bongos

Quattro Versoni Originali

Timpani + 4 percussion
1) snare drum, 2) snare drum, 3) orchestral bass drum, 4) triangle


Int'l 32/29/26/23 Prem 32/30/28/25
3 percussion
3 tam tams, 3 guiros, 2 bongos, 3 snare drums, 2 tambourines, 2 orchestral bass drums, sizzle cymbal, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, 2 sleigh bells, 3 triangles, castanets, clash cymbals, 3 woodblocks, whip

Un re in Ascolta (A King Listens)

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) snare drum, 2 wood blocks, tambourine, tam tam, 2) tam tam, sizzle cymbal, bongos, triangle. whip, flexatone, guiro, E5 tubular bell, orchestral bass drum, claves

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