Epitaffio for Mixed Choir SATB (2008).
Original text in Italian by Salvatore Quasimodo.
In his String Quartet (1956) Arne Nordheim used the title EPITAFFIO for the third and last movement. And in 1963 he used this title again, now for a complete work:
Epitaffio per orchestra ed nastro magnetico.
This orchestral work incorporates the Quasimodo text, sung by a children’s chorus, on a tape accompanying the orchestra towards the end of the piece.
The present choral version was arranged and typeset by Andrew Smith, based on the instrumental movement from the string quartet, as well as the choral treatment in the orchestral setting.