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THE BOOK OF NEVER

Chorus (SSAATTBB)

40 min.

2018–2020

(excerpt)

Based on the Novgorod Codex (a 10th-century book of Russian psalms overwritten hundreds of times with heretical sermons by an excommunicated Pagan missionary in Ukraine), The Book of Never confronts our complex present by unearthing the remains of our ancient past — collaging dense harmonies built on layered echos of ancient hymn fragments, the first words of a now-forgotten language, a banished monk’s apocalyptic visions of a distant future, and scraps of text by contemporary writers in exile including Oscar Wilde, Pablo Neruda, Thanhha Lai, The Rolling Stones, Leila Abdelrazaq, and Andre Singer.

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