Revelation

Composed by Z. Randall Stroope
Voicing: SSAA
Instrumentation: piano
Catalog number: AMP 0765
Price: $2.20

REVELATION

About the music
“Revelation”
is a dramatic work for treble chorus, based on a text from Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible. This book is one of the most controversial and difficult descriptions of apocalyptic events, with many diverse interpretations of the events described in the account. The severity and cataclysmic nature of the events is staggering. This work isolates one “apocalyptic sequence” - the sounding of seven trumpets, each on heralding a more horrific event than the trumpet before it.

Seven angels - Seven trumpets - Seven judgments

	First trumpet				Lands: Hail and fire thrown down on the earth
Second trumpet Sea: Huge mountain ablaze with fire is thrown
into the sea, sea creatures and ships are destroyed
Third trumpet Rivers and Springs: All water turns bitter, undrinkable
Fourth trumpet Heavens: Moon and stars turn black

Intensification of God's wrath - three “Woes” (a “woe” is a sign of trouble)

Fifth trumpet (first woe) Abyss: Out of the earth comes locusts like horses with
human faces, and teeth like scorpions; sky blackens
Sixth trumpet (second woe) Death: A third of humankind is destroyed
Seventh trumpet (final woe)Final triumph and holy kingdom is established

ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Z. Randall Stroope
is an American composer, conductor and university professor www.zrstroope.com. His compositions are frequently heard on internet media, as well as on programs of esteemed ensembles throughout the world. Randall has published 165 works, having studied with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood - both students of the famous French teacher, Nadia Boulanger. He is the Artistic Director of two summer music festivals in Europe, has annual conducts at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, and several halls in Europe. He has lead music at Vatican mass eight times. (See (www.zrstroope.com) for a complete biography and list of works.)

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