Repertoire Search

John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Let Not the Prince be Silent (1988)
commissioned by Lady Digby for the Summer Music Society of Dorset
Text Writer
St Clement of Alexandria
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
25 Minutes
SSAATTBB (two antiphonal choirs)
Buy this work
Worldwide Sales   North American Sales

Programme Note
John Tavener Let Not the Prince be Silent (1988)
The remarkable text by Clement of Alexandria inspired this piece for double choir. From the stand point of today, when I take a perennialist and therefore universalist stance concerning all the main great religious traditions, this text is very close to my heart, as is also the music. The opening theme sung by the two choirs forms the basis of the whole work. Bold, simple, massive and ecstatic in character, I hope that this work restores something of a Gnostic dimension to Christianity, the loss of which could be said to be one of the greatest tragedies of Christianity in the West.

Close X

Newsletter Signup

Enter your email address to keep up to date with the latest news and special offers from Music Sales Classical.
Your data is secure and you can unsubscribe at any time. Read our Privacy Policy

Click here to receive regular news
© Copyright 2019 Music Sales Classical. Part of the Music Sales Group.