Commissioned by Simon Callow for first performance by Cantabile

  • Baritone, Countertenor, 2 Tenors
  • 20 min
  • Emperor Hadrian
  • Latin

Programme Note

Animula vagula blandula,
Hospes comesque corporis,
Quae nunc abibis in loca,
Pallidula rigida nudula,
Nec ut soles dabis jocos?

[Gentle little wandering breath,
Of the body friend and guest,
Where now must you look for rest,
Pale and naked, hard as death,
Lost without your power to jest?]

Emperor Hadrian [trans. Stephen Oliver]