»Odi et amo« (beginning of distich by Catullus)
»Following the success of Carmina Burana, the wish was soon expressed by several theatres that I should add a second work to this solitary composition which did not fill an entire evening.
After numerous plans which were repeatedly abandoned, the idea occurred to me in 1941 of resuscitating the Catullus choral compositions which had sunk so swiftly into oblivion, but still remained dear to my heart.«
On the occasion of the first performance in Leipzig, K.H. Ruppel commented:
The compositional medium: one is again astonished by the audaciousness and assurance of new combinations, the juxtaposition of accompanied and unaccompanied songs, choruses and solo sections and strictly composed and freely declaimed vocal parts, the fascinating power of rhythmical patterns and the sheer tonal phenomenon of an orchestra consisting of four pianos, four timpani and around twenty tuned and untuned percussion instruments.«
 CO-Dok IV,91;  CO-Dok IV,144