Hospes comesque lunae

by Paola Livorsi

per orchestra

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Paola Livorsi

Hospes comesque lunae

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Hospes comesque lunae for orchestra (2006-07) was a commission of the DSO Orchester Berlin, which premiered it at März Musik festival 2007 (conductor Tohio Hosokawa). The concert was part of an international workshop held in Berlin by Tohio Hosokawa and the DSO, where were invited two other composers. It was recorded and broadcasted by the German Radio.

The work is inspired by an eclogue by Andrea Zanzotto, where the famous verses by the emperor Hadrianus Animula, vagula, blandula play an important role. The poem is a visionary collection of the attributes of the moon in the history of culture, included a few scientifical terms. An invocation to the moon which is central also in Oriental cultures, above all in Japan: the title of the work stems from a verse of Kyoraishô, an antology of poetry and prose of the Bashô school (XVII century).

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Works for Orchestra or Large Ensemble


Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, cond. Toshio Hosokawa, Maerz Musik Festival, Berlin, March 13, 2007.

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Commissioned by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO).

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