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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

The Bridal Chamber (1999),
commissioned by The Friends of the Little Missenden Festival
Work Notes
written in memory of Pat Harrison
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
10 Minutes

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Programme Note
John Tavener The Bridal Chamber (1999),
The quality of "Divine Eros" and longing inhabit the great Exposteilarion of Great and Holy Week in the Orthodox church.

There is no room for pride, callousness, or the recounting of good deeds. We must repent and repent, and have an "ekstasis", which means an ecstasy and going out of ourselves, returning to God a love "beyond" ourselves.

The Bridal Chamber was written in memory of Pat Harrison, the inspiration of Little Missenden.

John Tavener

  • Ensemble
    Stephen Layton
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