Vocal pieces 1962

Novae de infinito laudes

Cantata for four soloists (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), mixed chorus and instrumental ensemble

Texts by Giordano Bruno (1548–1600)

Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Society

I The heavenly bodies
II The four elements
III The continual changing
IV Pleasure lies in motion
V The sunrise
VI The supreme good

Year of composition 1962
Duration 50 minutes

Londiniensis Philharmonicae Societatis Impulsu
Sonum His Laudibus Dedi
Johanni Balestrini Antonio Radaelli Francesco Serpa
Qui Hortatu Consilio Auxilio Meditanti Mihi Navarunt Operam Maximas Gratias Ago
Folkero Bohnet
Quem Laetis Ominibus Officioso Animo Prosequor
Hanc Symphoniam Notis Descriptam Dedico Dono

World premiere

World premiere 24. April 1963

Biennale di Venezia

Kölner Rundfunkchor
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Soprano Elisabeth Söderström
Contralto Kerstin Meyer
Tenor Peter Pears
Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Conductor Hans Werner Henze

Instrumentation

2 Flautianche Ottavini
2 Corni inglesi
2 Fagotti
2 Trombe piccole
2 Trombe
2 Trombe basse
4 Tromboni
2 Tube
4 Timpani
2 Arpe
2 Pianoforti
2 Liutio Clavicembalo
4 Violoncelli
4 Contrabbassi