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Hymn to the United Nations; O vos omnes

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Reg.: BC0019

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  • Arrangement: STOKOWSKI, Leopold
  • Review: CASALS ISTOMIN, Marta
  • Ensemble: Symphonic band: .
  • Genres: Classical / contemporary: Symphonic.
    Folk music / traditional: Hymns.
    Religious music: Motets.
  • Lyric author: AUDEN, Wystan Hugh
  • Language of the comment: Spanish, Catalan, English
  • Product format: Partitura
  • Difficulty level: Advanced-superior
  • Period: 2nd half S. XX - XXI
  • Publishing house: Editorial Boileau
  • Collection: Pau Casals
  • No. of pages: 36
  • Measure: 31,00 x 23,00 cm
  • Lenght: 12'
  • ISBN: 978-84-15381-55-6
  • ISMN: 979-0-3503-3590-7
  • Available in digital: No
  • Available for rent: No


Hymn to the United Nations 
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Piece for Wind Orchestra, based upon a text byW. H. Auden. There also exists a version for choir and orchestra and another one for choir and piano. Written in 1971, at age 95 and two years before his death, it was commissioned to Casals’ by the United Nations, presided at the time by Burmese U Thant (1909-1974), fourth secretary general of the entity. 

In the version for choir and piano, the eight-page manuscript is written in C major and a bat of 2/4, and signed “ San Juan Puerto Rico Septiembre 27 1971“ (San Juan Puerto Rico September 27, 1971). It is a bright piece whose grandiose nature owes to its vocal treatment and, above all, to the instrumental effects which lend it the necessary features to be the anthem of such an emblematic institution. 

Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) was a celebrated English poet, nationalized American after the Second World War, who stood out both for his poetry as well as for his essays on contemporary writers. Thus, the anthem was written by two of the most relevant figures of the time, who, curiously enough, both passed away the same year.

O vos Omnes
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Piece for combined chorus (SATBx) based upon a liturgical text. The original score is dated “Montserrat, 1932” and was therefore written during one of the periods that Casals spent at the monastery, reason why the original score is not kept with the rest of the Casals Archive but rather at the Montserrat Archive. It was first released by Ediciones Armónico, Barcelona, 1951, and then by Tetra Music (Alexander Broude, Inc., New York) in 1965. Tetra’s edition consists of six pages and it incorrectly states 1942 as its date of composition. It was recorded by the Escolania (Choir) of Montserrat under the direction of Ireneu Segarra. This is a 1970 wind orchestra version by Leopold Stokowski, dated in New York and released on the same year 1970 by Tetra Music. 

Originally, it is a piece for four combined voices a cappella, although the score released by Tetra included a piano accompaniment for the rehearsal. Written in C minor, it plays with the inclusion of some alterations, enhancing the harmonic effects. In a singing in which homophony prevails, the introduction is made up by the male voices, which then give way to the other voices. This establishes a dialogue between them, in which they repeat a short text that is very suitable for vocal play. 

The piece presents a remarkable dramatic nature and vitality, based on the alternation of long values with more expressive ones, in accordance to the patterns of the religious music of Easter. The text, taken from the liturgy for Good Friday, alludes to the expression of sorrow of Mother Mary’s depiction as Our Lady of Sorrow.

Hymn to the United Nations (3'30'')
O vos omnes (arr. Leopold Stokoswski) (4'32'')