Hindemith, Paul. (1895-1963)
"Ite, angeli veloces" - Signed Partbook
Upright duodecimo. Staple-bound. Ite, angeli veloces von Paul Claudel... für Alt-Solo, Tenor-Solo, gemischten Chorus und Rochester. Dazu: in der Entfernung aufgestellten Blasorchester und die ... an der Ausführung mitsingend beteiligte Menge der Zuhörer. Text und Singnoten für die mitsingenden Zuhörer (Text and partbook for the audience to join in). Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1955. 16 pp. German text only (translated by the composer). 7.5 x 5.5 inches (18.8 x 13.6 cm). Signatures of the composer, Maria Stader (1911-1999; Swiss soprano), Annemarie Jung (soprano), Ernst Haefliger (Swiss tenor, 1919-2007) and Eugenia Zareska (Polish mezzo soprano, 1910-1979) to first page. In fine condition.
The musicians signing this copy participated in a performance of the work at the Lucerne Festival in 1956. See The Musical Times, October 1956, p. 546. The audience is supposed to sing the turba choruses, for which the present partbook was created. It includes the entire text of the work, the vocal parts for the audience, and cue notes leading up to the entrances. However, the parts intended for the audience are quite demanding, and even if the audience is led by professional "ringers," the success is questionable. In any case, this integration of the audience makes Ite, angeli veloces notable. As the composer explains in an extended note on p. 2, he created this work in collaboration with Claudel (1868-1955), and he regrets that Claudel died before its first performance.