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Rumor of a Secret King, The (arr. Blegen)

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Composer Name

John Mackey (arr. Ian Blegen)

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General Info

Year: 2017 / 2018 / 2020
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: SATB choir
Publisher: Ian Blegen
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Horn in F I-VIII


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This piece is about power in flux. The skittering rush of a rumor through a crowd is rendered in nonsense syllables; a long, lyrical line is overlaid, using text that evokes Handel’s Zadok the Priest, the traditional coronation hymn, replacing the jubilation of Handel’s anthem with ambivalence and anxiety. A new world is a promise and a threat: What will become of us?

And all the people will
Will all the people
Rejoice? Rejoice!
A new king comes
God save the king
The kingdom
His will be done
His will will be done

- Program note by A. E. Jaques

Though in translation to an instrumental arrangement the text itself is lost, this rhythmically driven piece still reflects the original intention. With articulated ostinato patterns layered with long, lyrical phrases and plenty of Mackey's trademark tension and release figures, Rumor of a Secret King is a masterpiece in contrast.

- Program Note by arranger


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