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Harrison Birtwistle

The Ring Dance of the Nazarene (2003)

Plays: 1906

for baritone, tombak, mixed choir and ensemble
Duration: 02 mins 58 secs
Roderick Williams/BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Nicholas Kok
(c) 2014 Signum Records Ltd (p) BBC
Signum Classics SIGCD368

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Text heard on Sample:
Nazarene: We dance to give thanks
                 We dance towards the light


Nazarene: Next I said this:

I will play the pipe if you will dance,
I will mourn if you will mourn with me.

Nazarene: I said Amen.

The zodiac knows our song,
The planets dance in a ring, like us.

Nazarene: I said Amen.

The universe sings our hymn, it dances our dance.
Everyone must dance or live in darkness.

Nazarene: I said Amen.

We gave him back Amen.


Text: The Ring Dance of the Nazarene by David Harsent
(c) David Harsent 2003

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