The Gospel According to John (Sydeman, William Jay)




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Work Title The Gospel According to John
Alternative. Title SATB a cappella and Speaker
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 19
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1984 ca.
Librettist New Testament
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 11 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation speaker, mixed chorus (SATB)

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“In the beginning was the Word...” and is the “Word” the primordial sound (vibration) from which all creation springs? In any event this text with all its ambiguities has spoken to me strongly enough to want to set it to music, in this case an a cappella choral work with solo speaker. The style of music is also somewhat ambiguous, from the cluster-like sounds of the 20th century avant-garde to simpler tonal settings – all, I believe, in service of this most mystical of Gospels.

– W. Jay Sydeman