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Ward & Françoise Swingle

We were in Florence with our family in 1975 on our way to lunch, when Luciano picked up Rebecca, our youngest (4 years old at the time), put her on his shoulders and carried her to the restaurant. She was thrilled, and told everyone that a great composer, Beethoven, had carried her there!

Ward and Françoise Swingle


Luciano Berio and Leonard Bernstein rehearsing Sinfonia (full version in five movements) with the Swingle Singers and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Bernstein, New York, October 8 1970 (courtesy of Ward Swingle).