Copland, Aaron : In the Beginning (1947)  17'

for mezzo soprano and SSAATTBB

Music Text

from Genesis (E)

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Programme Note

Based on the part of the King James Version of the Bible concerned with the seven days of creation, Copland chose a mezzo-soprano soloist and mixed chorus acapella to tell the oft-told story. As he explained, "I was striving for a gentle narrative style using the biblical phrase ëAnd the next day . . .' to round off each section." Robert Shaw conducted the premiere in Memorial Hall at Harvard and again in New York at Carnegie Hall; Nell Tangemen sang the difficult but extraordinarily effective solo part.

-Vivian Perlis, 1998

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