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Preghiera. General

(Vergine Madre)

Barítono, Coro mixto y Orquesta sinfónica


Reg.: B.3772

31,00 €
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  • Ensemble: Symphonic orchestra: With voice/choir.
    Choir: With accompaniment; Mixt; With soloist(s).
  • Genres: Classical / contemporary: Choir; Chamber; Symphonic.
  • Lyric author: ALIGHIERI, Dante
  • Language: Italiano
  • Product format: Partitura
  • Difficulty level: Advanced-superior
  • Period: 2nd half S. XX - XXI
  • Publishing house: Editorial Boileau
  • Collection: Siglo XXI
  • No. of pages: 72
  • Measure: 31,00 x 22,50 cm
  • Lenght: 22''
  • ISMN: 979-0-3503-3524-2
  • Available in digital: No
  • Available for rent: Yes

Solo: Bar
Mixed choir
2 0 3[1.2.bcl] 2 — 2 0 0 0 — tmp — cel — str


In the cantata Preghiera I use twenty-one verses (the first three tercets) of the thirty-nine that make up the prayer in Dante’s Canto XXXIII. It is a cantata for baritone soloist, chorus and symphony orchestra.

It starts with a delicate and mysterious introduction by the orchestra until the baritone soloist makes his appearance with the words “Vergine madre...“, always within a soft and melodic mood. The chorus comes out pianissimo, with the only backdrop of the low strings (violas, cellos and basses). Baritone and chorus embark in a dialog until they reach a poco allegretto in which the orchestra lifts up the pace. A few short transition tempos give way to an impressionistic mosso. Ever stronger triplet figurations fill the stave, further enlivening the pace until it reaches a majestic tutti. The baritone comes in then, solo, in an expressive pianissimo with the words “in te criatura è in te bontate”, leading to a delicate finale. The celesta comes in with its pristine sound and the orchestra fades into a high register.

The text is an exaltation of women, as conceived by Dolce stil novo, the literary movement to which Dante belongs to. It is the figure of a sublimated woman who becomes a source of poetic and spiritual inspiration. Thus was brilliantly expressed by Dante in his renowned sonnet dedicated to Beatrice, “Vita Nova”: Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare. 
Virgin Mary is the woman par excellence, the redeeming woman, ever present in God’s thoughts. Rather than a religious or sacred text, Bernardo’s prayer is a genuine expression of mystic love to the one who foregathers every virtue a creature might possess, she who is the only and true bridge between men and God.
The spirituality of the text has led me into a personally unprecedented vocal and instrumental treatment, since it has forced me to embark in a thorough research on timbre and absence of color.

Jordi Cervelló