Pervigilium Veneris is a cantata composed after an anonymous poem
from the third century. The rondo form is strongly related to the
poem's structure which alternates a refrain with verses. In the
introduction, the voices present the refrains and the first line of
the verse using spoken rhythm accompanied with non-pitched
percussion. The marimba introduces the element of pitch after the
first refrain and the repetition of an A flat on the second line of
the first verse is used as a transition from the non-pitched to the
pitched material of the piece. On the following appearances of the
refrain there is a melody line with an incremental increase of
voices and instruments towards the end. On the verses
single-pitched rhythmic phrases are alternated with modal melodies
rotating the voices of the choir in groups. The dynamics of the
piece move in blocks evoking ancient Roman architecture.
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