Year Composed 2007
Duration 10 Minutes
Orchestration vocal sextet
‘La Notte’ was composed in commission of ‘Campagnie Birschoof’ as an epilogue to Liszt’s “Via Dolorosa” – visionary music that Liszt wrote in his last year of life. It’s written the text of Michelangelo’s “La notte” – gripping quatrain, the same motto of Liszts compositions.
Caro m’è ’l sonno, e più l’esser di sasso,
mentre che ’l danno e la vergogna dura;
non veder, non sentir m’è gran ventura;
però non mi destar, deh, parla basso.
My treasure sleep, and more, my being stone,
while hurt and the humiliations last;
and sightless, soundless, is to me the best;
so do not raise me, speak your meanings low.
(trans: Mark Daniel Cohen)