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First line:
When he shall die
2017; S solo, SATB semi-chorus, SSSSAAAATTTTBBBB + cello
author of text
Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene 2

The work When was written for twenty-four voices and one cello. In this work I employed an excerpt from Act III Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, where these exquisite sentences are uttered by Juliet in Romeo’s absence. The work was premiered in April 2016, exactly 400 years after the death of Shakespeare.

I wanted to create a meditation and did my best to expand the boundaries of time-space by choosing a distinctly slow tempo to achieve a sense of infinite eternity. The work is a dialogue between two dimensions: the secular (main choir) and the eternal (semi-chorus), with the cello creating a bridge of light between the two.

from notes by Jēkabs Jančevskis © 2020


Jančevskis: Aeternum & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68328Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on CDA68328 [10'13]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68328 track 6

Recording date
7 December 2018
Recording venue
Riga Recording Company A Studio, Latvia
Recording producer
Jurģis Cābulis & Jēkabs Jančevskis
Recording engineer
Normunds Slava
Hyperion usage
  1. Jančevskis: Aeternum & other choral works (CDA68328)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: March 2020
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