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Publisher: G. Schirmer

again (after ecclesiastes) (2005)
Text Writer
David Lang (after Ecclesiastes)
Red Poppy
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
5 Minutes
SSAATB chorus
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Programme Note
David Lang again (after ecclesiastes) (2005)
Nederlands Kamerkoor
Klaas Stok, conductor

May 15 2005
Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
Kristina Boerger, Director
Merkin Hall, New York, NY

Composer note:
again (after ecclesiates) is a setting of a few lines from the beginning of the Book of Ecclesiastes, freely adapted by me. Ecclesiastes is a Hebrew prophet (in Hebrew his name is Kohelet) and his book is traditionally read during the harvest holiday of Sukkot. Kohelet moves powerfully from the cycling of the seasons to other endless natural and human cycles, creating a strange equilibrium of hope and futility.

In my setting I wanted to make a piece that might convey the weariness of all of these endless cycles, concentrating on the weight of things repeating again. And again.

— David Lang

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