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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Eonia (1989)
commissioned by the Abbey Life Cork International Festival for the 27th Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music
Text Writer
Seferis
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1989
Duration
4 Minutes
Chorus
SSAATBB
Language
English, Greek
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Programme Note
John Tavener Eonia (1989)
My work 'Eonia' is a Haiku or 'fragrance'. I opened the Collected Poems of Seferis and found 'The Jasmin'. At the same time I was talking on the telephone to Mother Thekla; I read her 'The Jasmin' and she continued in English, then Slavonic and then English. It was almost like dictated writing.

I was mourning my dear friend Cecil, and 'Eonia' is a fragile tribute, to the man I loved, and to his fragile, beautiful and iconographical art.

John Tavener

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