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|Religious music: Himnos de los neófitos de Qumrán
|Himnos de los neófitos de Qumrán (Texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls, adapted by Victoria Kamhi). Commissioned for the 4th Week of Religious Music in Cuenca, premiered on Holy Thursday, April 15, 1965, in the Church of San Miguel, Cuenca, performed by Ana María Higueras, Alicia de la Victoria and María Orán with the Tomás Luis de Victoria Chamber Choir and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Madrid, conducted by Odón Alonso.
Nine years later, Joaquín Rodrigo returned to the texts and added two more sections for a definitive version which was premiered on March 25, 1975, in the 9th Week of Religious Music in Cuenca by Ana María Higueras, Ana María Leoz, and Ifigenia Sánchez with the RTVE Men’s Choir and the Agrupación Española de Cámara, again conducted by Odón Alonso.
Joaquín Rodrigo wrote about Himnos de los neófitos de Qumrán:
“The score of this work is written for three sopranos, men’s choir and string orchestra without violins, two flutes, celesta, vibraphone and some percussion instruments. The treatment of the orchestra is extremely sober, reduced to the bare minimum in verses highly charged with symbolism...I can affirm that my humble music is no more than that: almost franciscan humility before the beauty of the Psalm of the Neophytes of Qumrán.”