Luciano Berio: Canticum novissimi testamenti

Luciano Berio Canticum novissimi testamenti
Canticum novissimi testamenti

Luciano Berio: Canticum novissimi testamenti

Year of composition:
1989-1991
Subtitle:
Ballata
Scored for:
for 4 clarinets, saxophone quartet and 8 voices
Composer:
Luciano Berio
Text author:
Edoardo Sanguineti
Original language:
Italian
Translator:
Birgid Schlichting
Choir:
2S, 2A, 2T, 2B
Instrumentation:
cl(Eb), 2 cl(Bb), bass cl(Bb), sop.sax, alto sax, t.sax, bar.sax
Instrumentation details:
cl(Eb), 2 cl(Bb), bass cl(Bb), soprano sax(Bb), alto sax(Eb), tenor sax(Bb), bar.sax(Eb)
Duration:
23’
Dedication:
a Massimo Mila in memoriam
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Work introduction

As with a number of his other compositions (e.g. Passaggio, Aronne, Calmo), Berio was inspired by a poem by Edoardo Sanguineti (1930-2010). Berio was fascinated by what he saw as its “echo-chamber of memory, where aspects of the mundane, the universal, the banal and the speculative, the personal and the poetic all meld in a strict and sometimes unsparing construction.”

The result is a unique piece of music, a strange, highly original world shaped by Berio’s imagination and enriched with recollections of ancient Italian literary and musical genres, including Monteverdi’s.

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World première

Location:
Paris
Date:
18.12.1989
Orchestra:
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Conductor:
Pierre Boulez

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