Luciano Berio (1925-2003)

Canticum Novissimi Testamenti (1989)

Ballata, for four clarinets, saxophone quartet and vocal octet

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1989
    • Duration : 18 mn
    • Publisher : Universal Edition, nº UE 31269
    • Dedication : à la mémoire de Massimo Mila
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Edoardo Sanguineti, Novissimum Testamentum

Detailed formation
  • ensemble of vocal soloists(2 solo soprano, 2 solo contralto, 2 solo tenor, 2 solo bass voice)
  • 4 clarinets, E-flat clarinet, 4 saxophones, ensemble of vocal soloists(2 soprano, 2 contralto, 2 tenor, 2 bass voice), 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Premiere information

  • Date : 18 December 1989
    Location :

    Paris, Théatre du Châtelet


    Performers :

    l'Ensemble intercontemporain, le Raschèr Saxophone Quartet et les London voices, direction : Pierre Boulez.