Saturnalie

Composer
Year of composition
2002
Lyricist
none
Publisher
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
8 minutes
Genre
Modern classical music
Instrumentation
Orchestra
Instrumental parts
Not available

Saturnalia - this most joyous of Roman festivals was called "the best of days".The festival begins with a formal sacrifice at the temple of Saturn (God of Sowing), which is conducted by Greek rite, that is, with uncovered head. First the woolen bonds are untied from the statue of Saturn. Next there is a festive banquet at which people dress informally, wearing the synthesis (perhaps a light dressing-gown) and pilei (soft caps), which may be made out of paper (Guhl & Koner 481). At the end of the banquet everyone shouts, "Io Saturnalia!"

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