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today’s holiday: Juturnalia (2015)


Juturnalia (2015)

According to Virgil, Juturna is the sister of Turnus, king of the Rutuli. In return for her virginity, Jupiter gave her immortality. Afterward, she was turned into a fountain of the same name near the Numicus, the river where Aeneas’ dead body was found. The waters from this fountain were used in sacrifices, particularly those in honor of the Roman goddess Vesta, and were believed to have curative powers. On January 11, a festival in honor of Juturna was observed by men working on aqueducts and wells. She was also celebrated at the Vulcanalia on August 23 as a protectress against fire. More… Discuss

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Carl Orff – Sunt Lacrimae Rerum – Singphoniker Münchner – July 10, 1995



Performance of a selection from Carl Orff‘s “Sunt Lacrimae Rerum“, men’s choir (TTTBBB) and soloists (TBarB), by the Singphoniker Münchner on July 10, 1995 – Carl Orff’s 100th birthday, at the composer’s gravesite in the Klosterkirche Andechs, near the composer’s home in Dießen am Ammersee

The inscription on the memorial plaque reads, “Summus Finis”, “The Highest Goal”

The title of the music is from the Aeneid, line 462 of Book I – “sunt lacrimae rerum” – “There are tears for things”

The lyrics are from The Book of Ecclesiastes 8:15

Omnium deliciarum et pomparum saeculi brevis finis.
Mors, dolor, luctus et paror invadit omnes. 
In hora ultima peribunt omnia: tuba, tibia et cythera, jocus, visus, saltus, cantus et discantus.

Of all delights and pomps of the world the time is short
Death, pain and mourning invadeth all.
At the last hour perisheth all things: the trumpet, the flute and the lyre, joy, laughter, dancing, singing, and harmony.

Die Singphoniker are (thanks to Daniel Schreiber for this information):

Alfons Brandl, Hubert Nettinger, Ludwig Thomas- tenors. Berno Scharpf, Gunnar Mühling- baritones. Christian Schmidt, bass.

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