Vocal/Choral

Vocal:

Songs from the

       End of the World

 

Choral:

The Rumor of a

       Secret King

 

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The Rumor of a Secret King (2017)

for SATB choir
duration: 4'
text by A. E. Jaques

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world premiere July 7, 2017, The Barbican, London
performed by the BBC Singers,
conducted by Eric Whitacre

And all the people will
Will all the people
Rejoice? Rejoice!
A new king comes
God save the king
The kingdom
His will be done
His will will be done
Alleluia?
Alleluia

This piece is about power in flux. The skittering rush of a rumor through a crowd is rendered in nonsense syllables; a long, lyrical line is overlaid, using text that evokes Handel’s “Zadok the Priest”, the traditional coronation hymn, replacing the jubilation of Handel’s anthem with ambivalence and anxiety. A new world is a promise and a threat: What will become of us?

Program note by A. E. Jaques
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