International conference organized by Accademia Musicale Chigiana in collaboration with University of Siena.
Scientific Committee: Talia Pecker Berio, Gianmario Borio, Fiamma Nicolodi.
The conference, organized by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana for the fifth anniversary of Luciano Berio's death, represents the arrival point of a research project financed by the University of Siena (Department of Archeology and History of the Arts) and coordinated by Talia Pecker Berio.
The main goal of the project has been to lay new premises for the definition of Berio's poetics, taking his music as a point of departure for a study that examines all the available sources.
The research program was articulated in six fundamental themes that cross Berio's entire oeuvre: his individual conception of music; the distinctive traits of his compositional process; his conception of form; the interaction between voice, language and gesture; the relation between electronic and instrumental sound; and his dialogue with different musical traditions. In the second phase of the project, the six members of the research team – Angela Carone, Angela Ida De Benedictis, Mila De Santis, Claudia di Luzio, Ulrich Mosch and Marco Uvietta – were joined by Maurizio Agamennone, Alessandro Arbo, Johan Dack, Pascal Decroupet, Christoph Neidhofer and Martin Scherzinger. Each theme has been elaborated by two scholars from different and complementary points of view.
The results of the research will be presented in four seminar sessions that will occupy the two central days of the conference. Each of these days will open with a keynote lecture, respectively by Giorgio Pestelli and Jean-Jacques Nattiez. The inaugural address of the conference will be delivered by Umberto Eco, the closing address by Edoardo Sanguineti.