Stellae errantes (Wandering Stars), Andreia Pinto Correia’s new work for virtuoso tuba solo will be premiered on June 23rd, 2017, at Trinity Church, Lenox, as part of BUTI (Boston University Tanglewood Institute) Concert Series. The work was commissioned by and dedicated to Mike Roylance, Principal Tuba Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The work is inspired by Cicero’s (106-43 BC) work De Natura Deorum (On the Nature of the Gods), written in 45BC. In the second book of this philosophical dialogue, the Roman orator and philosopher writes about the incorrectly named Stellae errantes. These five wandering stars, described as “fiery heat and translucent throughout” are, according to Cicero, “formed from the most mobile and the purest part of the aether (upper atmosphere)”. They are known today as planets.
The Young Cicero Reading (ca. 1464) by Vicenzo Foppa (1427-1515)