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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Cain and Abel (1965)
Chester Music Ltd
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
22 Minutes
Bass, Contralto, Soprano, Tenor

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John Tavener Cain and Abel (1965)

This work opens with the birth of Cain and Abel as told in the Latin version. Their quarrel uses the lively English text which is followed by an account in Latin of Cain’s killing of his brother. The reproaches of the Angel revert to the English text and the piece ends with the Latin narration of Cain’s ensuing banishment.

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