Title. Analysis of Luciano Berio’s Points on a Curve to Find. Abstract. I shall present my analysis of this piece in three sections. First I will discuss the construction. Find composition details, parts / movement information and albums that contain Luciano Berio. Points on the Curve to Find, for piano & 23 instruments. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Points On The Curve To Find – Folk Songs – Sequenza VII – Laborintus II on Discogs.
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Well, it’s to take two simple and banal forms of behavior At some level, good artistic work does what good religion does: It affords a moment of apparition, or transubstantiation — the revelation of some mystery or making-into-body of some spirit — which fail all accounts but that of the miraculous, at least for a moment.
Luciano Beriofor instance, is hardly a religious composer; but he’s long been preoccupied by the art of engendering impossible objects, and from the early ’70s on has developed a whole genre of piece which make an almost ritualistic spectacle of virtuosic self-generation. All instrumental works of an interior intensity, they operate with the convicted power of magic ti and the assuredness of some imaginary chemical ooints.
‘points on the curve to find…’ (author’s note)
If “morphogenesis” is Berio ‘s theatrical ideal, these concert-pieces are the consummate blueprint, Berio ‘s prelude-to-the-ideal-theater. In this tradition of Berio -works, “Points on the Curve to Find The minute score is not a little like some vortex in its construction, or perhaps something like a black hole: Finv, the piano is the engine, and with unremittingly fertility it continually regenerates a cycle of ten distinct pitches, hovering on two of them at a ppints in quick oscillation; with each of these hoverings, it seems to transmit those tones to single members of the ensemble, who elaborate and extend those tones.
The piano repeats its cycle, adding a tone to the end and shaving one off the beginning, and the ensemble accrues its pitches into rapidly shifting harmonies. The game of auto-genesis which ensues carries a paradoxical fusion of anarchy and control about it: What’s perhaps most curev about “Points Fiind quality of “what is there” in this music uncannily suggests, even more so, “what is not there.
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