Metalepsis II

Mezzo-soprano, small chorus, and ensemble (1971)

MZ solo - SSAATB - 2fl( hn - tpt - tbn 3perc(tr, glsp, cyms, tamb, gong, tam-t, vib, almglocken, bngs, tub bells, cencerros, mar, tom-t) cel(eorg) 2hp - pno


Commissioned by the English Bach Festival

First Performance: 1972, London, England, London Sinfonietta - Conductor: Luciano Berio - Mezzo-soprano: Cathy Berberian


Metalepsis 2 found me reveling in Rands' magical command of the massing and contrasting of sonorities and his breathtakingly exact instinct for the moment to change mood and texture. It seemed, beyond doubt, one of the finest compositions of recent years.
— Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

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