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       End of the World



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

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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