World's Largest Sheet Music Selection


Odi et Amo

By Mark D. Templeton

Be the first! Write a Review

Choir, SATB - Intermediate
Composed by Mark D. Templeton. 21st Century, Secular. Sheet Music Single. 3 pages. Mark Templeton Choral Music #MTN001. Published by Mark Templeton Choral Music (S0.18976).

Item Number: S0.18976

Composed by Mark Templeton for SATB choir a cappella, "Odi et Amo," or "Carmen 85," is one of the most celebrated elegiac couplets composed by Gaius Valerius Catullus (84-54 B.C.E.). His muse in this poem is understood to be Lesbia, the name believed to have been given by Catullus to his mistress. Lesbia was really Clodia, the sexually promiscuous wife of proconsul Quintus Caecilius Metellus Celer. Clodia was said to have many lovers, and Catullus’ torment and obsession for her is well documented in 13 of his poems where the name, Lesbia, is used. Many composers have been inspired by the duality of emotions of this acute two-lined poem. The most well-known setting is from Carl Orff’s "Catulli Carmina," part of "Trionfi," the musical triptych that also includes the "Carmina Burana" and "Trionfo di Afrodite." Unlike Orff’s driving rhythms of outwardly expressive anguish, Templeton's setting is a more introspective interpretation. It is as if the music is surrendering to the mercurial personalities that Catullus and all humans possess, the tortured ability to hate and love at the same time.Odi et amo. Quare id faciam fortasse requiris.Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.I hate and I love. Why do I do it you might ask?I don't know, but I feel it happening and it is tearing me apart.Mark Templeton, born 1974, is an American choral composer, conductor, and countertenor. Templeton’s music has been performed across the world at various international festivals and ACDA conventions. Some of his music is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and he has recently started to self-publish. He teaches and resides with his wife, Becca, at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Maryland, the oldest boarding school in the United States. He also enjoys coaching, playing, and watching soccer when he is not working. He is available for commission upon request.

About SMP Press

This product was created by a member of SMP Press, our global community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. Our independent musicians have created unique compositions and arrangements for the Sheet Music Plus community, many of which are not available anywhere else.

Click here to see more titles from these independent creators and to learn more about SMP Press.

Please note this product may not be eligible for all sales, promotions or coupons offered through Sheet Music Plus - please check promotional details for specifics.

About Digital Downloads

Digital Downloads are downloadable sheet music files that can be viewed directly on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Once you download your digital sheet music, you can view and print it at home, school, or anywhere you want to make music, and you don’t have to be connected to the internet. Just purchase, download and play!

PLEASE NOTE: Your Digital Download will have a watermark at the bottom of each page that will include your name, purchase date and number of copies purchased. You are only authorized to print the number of copies that you have purchased. You may not digitally distribute or print more copies than purchased for use (i.e., you may not print or digitally distribute individual copies to friends or students).

Close X

By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy

I am a music teacher.