John Tavener: Coplas (Vocal Score)

Books | SATB

Catalogue No: CH82830
Composer: John Tavener
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

John Tavener's Coplas, composed in 1970, for unaccompanied SATB Choir.

'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.' - John Tavener

Published on: 16 May 2014
No of pages: 20
Length: 11 minutes
Language: English
Publisher: Chester Music
 
     

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