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Year of composition: 
1975 - 1976
Year composition ended: 
Text sources: 
Lyrics from different cultures; poems from 'Residencia en la tierra' by Pablo Neruda
Scored for: 
40 voices and instruments

Talia Pecker Berio

Commissioned by: 
Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln

Choir: 10S, 10A, 10T, 10B
Instrumentation: 4 2 4 3 - 3 4 3 1 - perc(2), pno, e.org, alto sax, t.sax, 3 vln, 4 vla, 4 vc, 3 cb
Instrumentation details: 1st flute; 2nd flute; 3rd flute; 4th flute; oboe; cor anglais; clarinet in Eb; 1st clarinet in Bb; 2nd clarinet in Bb; bass clarinet in Bb; alto saxophone in Eb; tenor saxophone in Bb; 1st bassoon; 2nd bassoon; contrabassoon; 1st horn in F; 2nd horn in F; 3rd horn in F; 1st trumpet in C; 2nd trumpet in C; 3rd trumpet in C; 4th trumpet in C; 1st trombone; 2nd trombone; 3rd trombone; bass tuba (+t.tuba(Bb)); 1th percussion; 2nd percussion; piano; electric organ; 1st violin; 2nd violin; 3rd violin; 1st viola; 2nd viola; 3rd viola; 4th viola; 1st violoncello; 2nd violoncello; 3rd violoncello; 4th violoncello; 1st contrabass; 2nd contrabass; 3rd contrabass

First performance: 
24/10/1976, Donaueschingen. WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Luciano Berio. Revised version: 16/10/1977, Graz. ORF Chor und SO, Leif Segerstam
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