This article was first published in the Flute Journal in 2014.


Berio's Iconic Sequenza 1 was first published first in 1958, and later in metric notation in 1992. An accurate reading of the composition seems to require a conflation of the two versions, because the newer version leaves out important metric and organizational detail. Performers have understandably mixed feelings about the newer edition, as it removes a certain interpretive freedom that the spatially noted version provides. This article attempts to present the challenges, and offer some solutions for performance.



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