• John Tavener
  • Annunciation (1992)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund to celebrate the Festival of St Cecilia

  • 3S3A4T5B
  • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
  • 5 min

Programme Note

The text of Annunciation is taken from St Luke's gospel. The words of the Archangel are sung by the main choir, and should build up to a thunderous, awesome theophany. The response of the Mother of God 'How shall this be' comes form a quartet of solo voices set apart, preferably raised in a gallery. By this I have tried to portray her humility, terror and total acceptance, without which the Incarnation could never have taken place.

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