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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Coplas (1970)
commissioned by the Cheltenham Festival
Work Notes
tape available on hire
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1970
Duration
11 Minutes
Chorus
SATB (16 voices)
Soloist
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Orchestration
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Programme Note
John Tavener Coplas (1970)
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.

  • Ensemble
    London Sinfonietta / London Sinfonietta Chorus / Little Missenden Village School Children
    Soloist(s)
    June Barton, soprano / Margaret Lensky, alto / John Tavener and David Atherton, conductors
  • Ensemble
    London Sinfonetta / London Sinfonietta Chorus
    Soloist(s)
    June Barton, sop, Anna Reynolds, mezzo, Margaret Leusky, mezzo, Raimund Herincx, bar
    Conductor
    David Atherton
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