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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

In Alium (1968)
commissioned by the BBC for the 1968 Promenade Season
Text Writer
Various
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1968
Duration
14 Minutes
Language
French
Soloist
soprano


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John Tavener In Alium (1968)
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It is impossible to categorise Tavener as he ceaselessly explores meaningful and penetrating sounds. For instance, his work In Alium was inspired by what he calls “A somewhat surrealist memory of childhood with Sunday School hymns and childhood prayers”. It features a very high solo soprano singing (in French) with her pre-recorded self in a canon of up to 24 parts, as well as pre-recorded children’s voices. [...] Add in sound effects from loud organ, gong and tubular bells and it really does become a surreal cacophony.
Phillip Radcliffe, The Arts Desk,08/07/2013
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