Temporality and performing style in Luciano Berio's Sequenza XI for guitar


  • Diego Castro-Magas Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile




Contemporary Guitar, Performance Practice, Performance Analysis, Temporality, Luciano Berio


Luciano Berio's Sequenza XI stands as a major work in the 20th-century guitar repertoire. Although it has been extensively analysed in previous scholarship, its performance practice has not been addressed. In this paper, I set out to fill this gap by analysing fifteen commercial recordings of the work, and furthermore seek to demonstrate how different categories of musical time-experience (after UTZ, 2017) can be used as a frame for discussing performers' interpretative decisions. I propose a formal analysis of the work and provide time-based measurements of the score, which I then compare to the performed sound structures. The results allow me to map the main trends in the performance practice of Sequenza XI in commercial recordings produced between 1993 and 2016, as well as to relate these trends to the discourses of the performers involved.


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Biografia do Autor

Diego Castro-Magas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Diego Castro-Magas is a guitarist and researcher specialising in contemporary music. Diego has given numerous performances throughout America, Europe and Oceania, and has released various CDs focusing on the contemporary guitar repertoire. He obtained his PhD at the University of Huddersfield in 2016, and has lectured on the performance practice of contemporary music at important institutions in Europe and America, besides publishing articles in journals such as TEMPO, Divergence Press and Resonancias. Currently he is Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he teaches courses related to Performance, Analysis and Artistic Research.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8697-5110


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Como Citar

Castro-Magas, D. (2020). Temporality and performing style in Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XI for guitar. Revista Vórtex, 8(3), 1.31. https://doi.org/10.33871/23179937.2020.