Luciano Berio 1925-2003
C'è musica e musica - Episode I - Overture (1972)
Duration: 43 minutes
Date: 1972
Production: RAI, Italian National Television
Written and hosted by: Luciano Berio
Directed by: Gianfranco Mingozzi
Language: Italian
Special thanks to Giorgio Sancristoforo.
Part 2 is here

C'è musica e musica (There is music and music), was a documentary written and hosted by Luciano Berio in 1972 for the RAI Italian National Television.

The documentary was made by ten 40 minutes episodes, and tried to get the italian audience closer to the music world.

This extraordinary document includes interviews with the most important composers of the XX Century like: John Cage, Bruno Maderna, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono, Pierre Schaeffer, Christof Penderecki, Iannis Xenakis, Gyorgy Ligeti, Henry Pousseur, Morton Subotnick, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Milton Babbitt, Michael Tippett, Cornelius Cardew, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Dallapiccola, Pietro Grossi,… and many more!

The first episode Overture deals with three questions: what is music? why music? and is there music and music? Composers and musicologists try to answer these philosophical questions, exposing their idea of music.

The second episode Due nell'orchestra (Two in the orchestra) start off with the question "why music?" but from a different point of view: the life of two students that meet at the Spoleto Festival, one coming from Firenze Conservatory and the other from the Julliard School of New York. Although Berio at that time was a teacher at the Julliard, he was not given permission to film inside the american school.

The theme slowly moves to a point where the question is "why music if the city is burning?". Can we make music while in Vietnam people is dying? And then, what do musicians want after the school?

Luciano Berio in UbuWeb Sound