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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Annunciation (1992)
commissioned by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund to celebrate the Festival of St Cecilia
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1992
Duration
5 Minutes
Chorus
3S3A4T5B
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
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Programme Note
John Tavener Annunciation (1992)
The text of Annunciation is taken from St Luke's gospel. The words of the Archangel are sung by the main choir, and should build up to a thunderous, awesome theophany. The response of the Mother of God 'How shall this be' comes form a quartet of solo voices set apart, preferably raised in a gallery. By this I have tried to portray her humility, terror and total acceptance, without which the Incarnation could never have taken place.

  • Ensemble
    The Choir
    Conductor
    James Whitbourn
    Opus Arte:
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    Choir of St Paul's Cathedral
    Conductor
    John Scott
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    Westminster Abbey Choir / English Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor
    Martin Neary
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    Oxford Pro Musica Singers
    Conductor
    Michael Smedley
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