Orff, Carl (1895 – 1982). CATULLI CARMINA Ludi scaenici. “Rumoresque senum severiorum omnes unius sestimemus assis.” Klavierauzug. Edition 3990. Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne, 1943. 75 pages. 33 cm. First edition. Plate mark BSS 36 882, pp. 1-39; Hic ludus scenicus incipit, p. 40, Actus I Catullus ad columnam (BSS 36 880, BSS 36 882, BSS 36 883) pp. 40 – 72; p.73-75, BSS 36 882. Verso of page 75 blank. Paper binding. Illustrated front cover with red lettering, signed in red, “C. Nehar,  43.” Pages 24, 25, 26, and 27 are cancel leaves, with doubled paper thickness. Annotation “C-73” appears on either side of the top of the brown and white front cover illustration of three Roman figures from antiquity. “3990” is lightly penciled on the lower left-hand corner of the front cover. This copy lacks the four-page leaflet with Rudolf Bach’s analytical notes. This is a complete copy that shows signs of use. The title page is the first introductory leaf, with publisher’s copyright of 1943 on the verso; and the second introductory leaf lists the dramatis personae, above, with the disposition of the scenes on the stage, with the orchestration on the verso.
A cantata set to explicit erotic texts by Gaius Valerius Catullus and Carl Orff, scored for chorus, with tenor and soprano soloists, four pianos, four kettledrums (timpani), two solo castanets, four xylophones, two glockenspiels, metallophone, steinspiel (a stone-play, a struck percussion instrument shaped like a keyboard made for Orff), Sandrassel (rattle), gitterassel (rattle), three tambourines, triangle, grosse trommel (bass drum), cymbals, becken (cymbals), gong in tief C, grosses tamtam.
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