Publisher: Chester Music
commissioned by the Cheltenham Festival
tape available on hire
St John of the Cross
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Coplas is a short anthem for voices and tape. It belongs to a much larger work called 'Last Rites' which I have been thinking about for about a year. It is based on the mystical idea of St. John of the Cross which obsesses me - "the more I live the more I must die." Hence the deliberately static nature of Coplas.
In once sense Coplas is a prolonged decoration of the 'et sepultus est' cadence from the Crucifixus in Bach's Mass in B minor. In another sense I think of it not so much as my music but a way of listening to Bach's music.
London Sinfonietta / London Sinfonietta Chorus / Little Missenden Village School Children
June Barton, soprano / Margaret Lensky, alto / John Tavener and David Atherton, conductors
London Sinfonetta / London Sinfonietta Chorus
June Barton, sop, Anna Reynolds, mezzo, Margaret Leusky, mezzo, Raimund Herincx, bar