Composed for a festival of contemporary music in Venice – a city with special significance for Stravinsky – Canticum Sacrum is inscribed to Venice's patron St. Mark and designed for performance in St. Mark's Cathedral. Roman Vlad considers the Canticum "the most comprehensive and essential synthesis of elements it is possible to imagine at this particular stage in the evolution of European music . . . From the point of view of form, this work embraces features which span the entire panorama of European musical history and gathers them all into one vast omnium gatherum – from Gregorian chant to Webern's spacious intervals . . . "
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to Boosey & Hawkes/Joseph Horowitz.
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