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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

O My People (2007)
Commissioned by Eamonn Quinn for Louth Contemporary Music Society with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2007
Duration
8 Minutes
Chorus
SSAATTBB
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John Tavener O My People (2007)
This moving Byzantine text is taken from the Service of the Twelve Gospels, celebrated at one o'clock in the morning of Good Friday in the Orthodox Church. The words are taken from Hosea, but given a Christian context by the Byzantine poet. The final sacred monosyllable 'OM', from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, denotes The Eternal.

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...a poignant treatment of a Byzantine text in which a bewildered Jesus asks how the life he lived could have offended those he came to save.
Michael Dungan, The Irish Times,10/29/2008
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