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Bonorum Summum Omnium

Commissioned by Lund University/Odeum to Akademiska Kapellet

Soprano, computer and symphonic orchestra

2008

Stefan Klaverdal

 

Score as PDF-file

Recording as mp3

 

 

About the piece

Bonorum Summum Omnium is something of a piece on religion and science. Or perhaps it is about the scientific way of searching for religion or faith. As the lyrics state, the basis for the university is to study to find the best way to worship the Lord. It is interesting how the biblical text from the Gospel of Mathew seemingly contradict the very basis on which the University is founded, and even the short text from the Old Testament says that wisdom comes from God.

 

On a more personal level, this is also a way for me to try to convince myself that everything is well with my family, since my wife has had a serious and potentially deadly illness, but is now cured. The title "everything is good" is in this context very meaningful for me.

 

First performed in Kristianstad, april 26th 2008 by Akademiska Kapellet, Patrik Andersson (cond.) and Agnes Wstfelt (sopr.)

 

 

 

 

Technical information:

To play the computer part, the patch for MAX/MSP is needed from the composer.

It is self-sufficient, and will guide the player through the performance.

 

One will also need a computer capable of running the MAX/MSP runtime environment.

The patch is only tested on Apple computers, and will run nicely on a G4 867MHz.

A soundcard with one in and two out is also needed. It has to be set to very low latency.

 

Other equipment:

A PA-system with two smaller speakers (Genelec 1029 or equivalent) to be placed as close to the singer as possible.

A microphone for the singer connected to the soundcard

 

 

 


SVENSKA

 

Bonorum Summum Omnium

Bestllt av Lund Universitet/Odeum till Akademiska Kapellet

Sopran, dator och symfoniorkester

2008

Stefan Klaverdal

 

Bonorum Summum Omnium r p flera plan ett stycke om frhllandet mellan religion och vetenskap. Kanske handlar det om det vetenskapliga skandet efter religion och tro. I texten (Lunds Universitets Stiftelsebrev) talas det om att grunden fr Lunds Universitet r att studera fr att hitta det bsta sttet att ra Gud. Under arbetet med verket fann jag det fascinerande att se hur texten ur Matteusevangeliet nstan motsger den idmssiga grund som Universitetet vilar p. ven den korta texten frn Gamla testamentet talar om att sann visdom kommer frn Gud.

 

P ett mer personligt plan var arbetet med Bonorum ett stt att frska vertyga mig om att allt r bra med min familj. Min fru hade just tillfrisknat frn en allvarlig och potentiellt ddlig sjukdom och titeln Det bsta som finns blir i detta sammanhang oerhrt meningsfull fr mig.

 

Uruppfrt i Kristianstad konserthus, 26:e april 2008 av Akademiska Kapellet, Patrik Andersson (dir.) och Agnes Wstfelt (sopr.)

 

 


Original lyrics

 

Bonorum summum omnium                                                                                    

Humanae vitae labilis

Vel hoc sit, quod dono dei                                                                  

Assiduum per studium

Mortales adipisci valeant

Scientiae margaritam

(Boetius)

 

 

frty uti dem icke allenast vgen visas till att mrka och iakktaga Guds stora verk och under samt den obegrundliga makt och vlde, hvarmed den hgste Gud denna verldens byggnad regerar och uppehller,

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

Ve er ni skriftlrda och fariseer,

(Mathew 23:13)

 

utan ock derjemte, erkannerligen  sedan frmedelst Guds nd den rtta christendomens rena ljus i verlden hafver begynt att skina underrttas huru den hgste regerande Herren troligen och rtt skall dyrkas, 

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

ni hycklare som stnger till himmelriket fr mnniskorna.

(Mathew 23:13)

 

hedras och ras,                 

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

Ni gr inte sjlva in,           

(Mathew 23:13)

 

hvarutaf den vrdnad och innerliga gudsfruktan uppst mste som en klla och ursprung r till all s andelig som verldslig vslignelse;

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

och dem som vill komma dit in slpper ni inte in.

(Mathew 23:13)

 

 

Omnis sapientia a Domino Deo est:

et cum illo fuit semper, et est ante vum

(The Book of Jesus of Sirach / Ecclesiasticus 1:1)

 


Rudimentary english translation by the composer

 

Of all possessions in frail human life

shurely the highest is this:

that by the grace of God

through zealous study,

mortals may attain

to the pearl of knowledge

(Boetius)

 

 

although to them not only show the way to notice and beware of the great work and wonders of God and the mysterious power and domination by which the highest God rule this building that is the world,

 (regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

(...)woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees,

(Mathew 23:13)

 

but also acknowledged since through the grace of God and by his mercy we may find the true light of Christianity in the world understand how the highest Lord possibly and truly should be worshiped,

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

hypocrites! For ye shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men,

(Mathew 23:13)

 

honoured and glorified,     

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

for ye neither go in yourselves,               

(Mathew 23:13)

 

from which that reverence and devout fear of God must rise as a source and well to all but spiritual as well as worldly blessing;

(regarding  the foundation of Lund University by Her Royal Highness Hedvig Eleonora 1668)

 

neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

(Mathew 23:13)

 

 

All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time.

(The Book of Jesus of Sirach / Ecclesiasticus 1:1)