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for string trio (violin, alto, cello)
degree of difficuty: high
duration : 10’ approx.
year of composition: 1971; revision 1986
I performance: Rotterdam, Festival SIMC, 24.10.1974, Trio Gaudeamus
I performance rev.: Paris, France Musique, 27.5.1986, Trio à cordes de Paris
Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milano
(the parts can be hired out)
live recording is available
WORK REGISTERED AT SIAE (Italian Authors and Publishers Association)

This is the third in a series of works composed after the spring of 1971 (following the two pieces for piano, Segni and Ritografia). Limine, for violin, viola and 'cello, was written to investigate the possibilities of these three instruments beyond the threshold ('limine') of standard performance practice. In order that such a bent should not produce reckless writing, it was preferable to individuate the subtle border not to be crossed. The first pages of the trio testify, also acoustically, the fluctuation between horror inspired by common performance practice and a tipsy discomfit inherent in separating from that performance practice. Although superable, the difficulties  contained in those first pages are indeed great.

More secretive inductions motivated the choice of the trio and not the quartet: the author's geometric obssessiveness could not stand the asymmetry of the two violins present in the quartet.

After the first performance of the first version (entrusted to the Trio of the Gaudeamus Quartet, which played it the 24/10/1974 at Rotterdam, during the SIMC Festival), and coinciding with the first performance in France, the author decided upon a new version which has become definitive.

Limine boasts the decisive and generous consultancy of Paolo Borciani, first violin of the legendary Quartetto Italiano.