The World Imagined

43 mins

for solo tenor, SATB choir and orchestra:
picc.2 fl..2 ob.cor a.2 Bb cl.bass cl.2 bsn. contrabsn – – percussion (3 players: 1. tam-tam, vibraphone, suspended cymbal, triangle, 3 woodblocks, vibraslap 2. crotales, bass drum, mark tree, sandpaper blocks, claves 3. tubular bells, glockenspiel, chinese cymbal (with double bass bow), brake drum, whip) – harp -strings

Texts by Samuel ha-Nagid (995-1055/6), Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), Doris Kareva (b. 1958), Walt Whitman (1819-1872), Kenneth White (b.1936), St Ambrose (c.340-397) and Wallace Stevens (1897-1955)

Commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival and the Elgin Master Chorale
First performed by Nick Pritchard (tenor), the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by David Hill, at Worcester Cathedral on 27 July 2021