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Variazioni Sinfoniche su "Non Potho Reposare"

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Hardy Mertens

Hardy Mertens

Subtitle: Cante della Nostalgia

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HAFABRA Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €260.00   |   Score Only (print) - €52.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Cello I-II
String Bass
Percussion (5 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal (2)
  • Glockenspiel (2)
  • Floor Tom (3)
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Non Potho Reposare is a melody composed by Giuseppe Rachel in 1921, in a poem, a declaration of love in the vernacular of Barbagia (a district in the centre of Sardinia), by Salvatore Sini, a poet and a lawyer from Sarule, a little village on the massif of Gennargentu. Although it is apparently simple music for simple people, it progressively acquires pathos and intrinsic content of new and profound character.

In the early 1950s, the poverty of the Sardinian people led to massive emigration, in search of a better life. Sardinia became, therefore, a reservoir of workers for menial tasks in the industrialized European countries. Particularly the coal mines of Belgium, Holland and Germany gave the emigrants an opportunity for survival, but, in addition, also a condition of frugality which they cheerfully bore.

Under these conditions, nostalgia assumes a yearning disposition: the land of origin because the beloved woman and a love song changes into a song of suffering and of hope at the same time. Non Potho Reposare represents the immensely strong feelings of belonging, the "Sardinia-sickness," historically rooted in the soul of the Sardinians, and which comes out of the beauty and the precularity of their land and of their own deep feelings of loneliness, as well. This also applies to those Sardinians who never experienced emigration.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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