America - A Prophecy

(1999)

by Thomas Adès

Description
mezzo-soprano and large orchestra with optional large chorus
Duration
15
Genres
Mezzo-soprano, Solo Voices with Orchestra
Text
Soprano: adapted by the composer from the books of Chilam Balam (Mayan), Chorus: La Guerra by Matteo Flexa
Instrumentation
4(III+IV=picc).4.2(I in Bb.II in A).bcl.cbcl.4(IV=cbsn) – 4.3(I=ptpt).2.btrbn.1 – perc(4): timp/4 rototom/SD/3 or more deep military TD/6 sizes of field drum (optionally tom-toms).2 tam-t/BD/crot/2 strings camel bells/t.bells/wooden lid of crot box/wood chimes/large chocola/whip/large rattle – harp – pno – strings (16.16.12.10.8 players)
Languages
English, Spanish, Latin
Commission

Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic with generous support from the Francis Goelet Fund.

First Performance
11.11.1999, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA: Beth Clayton/New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur
Availability

Score 0-571-52114-2 on sale, parts for hire

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'Thomas Adès stood apart from the crowd. America - A Prophecy came across not as a message but a cry of pain…Adès risked chaos in this music: it’s grander and rougher than anything he has done to date, and it lacks his customary playfulness. It seems to have been written out of burning necessity.' Read more

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