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Job

COMPOSER: Peter Maxwell Davies
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT TYPE: Studyscore
INSTRUMENT GROUP: Mixed Choir
This work was commissioned by the University of British Columbia through the gift of David Lemon. It was first performed on 11th May 1997 at the Chan Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, by ValdineAnderson(soprano), Linda Maguire (mezzo soprano), Paul Moore (tenor) and Kevin
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Composer Peter Maxwell Davies
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor, Baritone Voice, SATB, Orchestra
Product Type Studyscore
Instrument Group Mixed Choir
Style Period Post 1901
Year of Publication 2000
ISBN 9780711982888
Style Period Post 1901
Voicing SATB
No. Pages 212
No. MUSCH61601
Description
This work was commissioned by the University of British Columbia through the gift of David Lemon. It was first performed on 11th May 1997 at the Chan Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, by ValdineAnderson(soprano), Linda Maguire (mezzo soprano), Paul Moore (tenor) and Kevin McMillan (baritone), with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, conducted by the composer.

Like Vaughan Williams in his Job: AMasque forDancing, Davies was inspired in part by William Blake's 21 engravings for the Book of Job. His oratorio, however, is less dependent on finding parallels for Blake's visual details, given the direct poetry in DavidLemon'sadaptation of the Stephen Mitchell translation from the biblical original, it is hardly surprising that the spotlight should be so much on Job's suffering litany. The baritone has the lion's share of the setting, though theothersoloists occasionally reinforce his plea and chorale-like episodes universalize his predicament. Davies frames with work with two seminal plainsong-like passages; there is also plenty of dramatic contrast both withinJob'smonologues and in the vivid orchestral writing for the smarmy Comforters, the initially shrill God who finally appears out of a dazzling orchestral whirlwind and the animal life he uses to illustrate the wonders of creationto ahumbled Job.

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