Theodor Berger: Divertimento

Theodor Berger Divertimento
Divertimento

Theodor Berger: Divertimento

Year of composition:
1970
Scored for:
for 6 voice male choir, wind instruments and percussion
Composer:
Theodor Berger
Choir:
TTBBBB
Instrumentation:
1 0 3 0 - 0 1 1 1 - perc(4)
Instrumentation details:
picc, cl(Eb), cl(Bb), bass cl, - tpt, bass tuba, bass tuba - perc(4)
Duration:
17’
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Work introduction

The title of this work aptly describes its cheerful, adventurous character; experiments abound, especially in the first and third moments, entitled Mattina and Convivium. Between them is a Notturno contrasting with the first movement. The voices are treated like instruments in Mattina, called upon to produce “quasi pizzicato sounds,” whereas legato predominates in Notturno, accompanied by a languorous clarinet solo; then Berger presents Convivium, making it sound like a drinking orgy. Throughout the work, the winds and the percussion are used very sparingly; the male chorus plays the main role, singing wordlessly.

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