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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Hymns of Paradise (1992)
commissioned by Ross Pople for the London Festival Orchestra during the 1993 Summer Festival of Music in Cathedrals
Text Writer
St Ephraim the Syrian, trans. Dr Sebastian Brock
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
15 Minutes

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Programme Note
John Tavener Hymns of Paradise (1992)
This work was commissioned by Ross Pople for performance by the London Festival Orchestra during the 1993 Summer Festival of Music in Cathedrals, Cathedral Classics.

It was first performed on 27th May 1993 at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, by the London Festival Orchestra and the choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, directed by John Scott.

St. Ephrem the Syrian was perhaps the greatest poet of the Patristic age. His poetry was written in Syriac, and he lived in Edessa in the fourth century. Hymns of Paradise deal with primordial Paradise, outside time and space - the eschatological Paradise, the home of the righteous and glorious after the final Resurrection.

The text has a wonderful freshness and immediacy, with imagery and symbolism basic to all human experience. My setting is for treble and alto voices, bass solo and six violins.

John Tavener

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  • Ensemble
    Winchester Cathedral Choir
    David Dunnett
  • 04 JUN 2017
    Herbst Theater, New York, US
    Trinity Youth Choir
    Melissa Attebury, conductor
  • 04 JUN 2017
    Hymns of Paradise US Premiere
    Herbst Theater, New York, NY
    Trinity Youth Choir
    Melissa Attebury & Valerie Sainte-Agathe, conductor

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