America - A Prophecy


by Thomas Adès

mezzo-soprano and large orchestra with optional large chorus
Mezzo-soprano, Solo Voices with Orchestra
Soprano: adapted by the composer from the books of Chilam Balam (Mayan), Chorus: La Guerra by Matteo Flexa
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 ( players)
English, Spanish, Latin

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

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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