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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

The Second Coming (2001)
commissioned by Emory University Department of Music and Candler School of Theology though the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Quadrangle Fund
Text Writer
W.B.Yeats
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2001
Duration
10 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Orchestration
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John Tavener The Second Coming (2001)
The Second Coming is perhaps the most awesome warning in the English language of what might happen if the whole world turns its back on God. “The falcon cannot hear the falconer; things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world..” so wrote one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, W.B. Yeats.

Yeats was both a visionary and a poet of Tradition. His frightening vision of “A shape with lion body and the head of a man” is a symbol of evil, and a warning; but also a Prayer, at The End Point.

John Tavener

  • Ensemble
    Polyphony
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
    Hyperion:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 25 OCT 2002
    The Second Coming World Premiere
    Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    Emory University Concert Choir
    Timothy Albrecht, organ; Eric Nelson, conductor

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