• John Tavener
  • Coplas (1970)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Cheltenham Festival

Tape available on hire

  • tp
  • SATB (16 voices)
  • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
  • 11 min
  • John Tavener
  • St John of the Cross
  • Latin

Programme Note

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.

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