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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

The Tyger (1987)
commissioned by Phillip Brunelle
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
1987
Duration
10 Minutes
Chorus
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John Tavener The Tyger (1987)
THE TYGER was written for Philip Sherrard for his 65th birthday. It was composed in Katounia, Greece, and at one dramatic point refers back to THE LAMB, both in text and in music.

Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright
In the forests of the night.
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burned the fore of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? And what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy symmetry?

William Blake (1757 – 1827)

  • Soloist(s)
    various
  • Ensemble
    St George's Chapel Choir
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
    Hyperion:
  • Ensemble
    Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
    Soloist(s)
    Timothy Hugh, cello
    Conductor
    Christopher Robinson
    Naxos:
  • Ensemble
    The Sixteen / Duke Quartet
    Conductor
    Harry Christophers
    Collins:
  • Ensemble
    The Choir
    Conductor
    James Whitbourn
    Opus Arte:
  • Ensemble
    Westminster Abbey Choir / English Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor
    Martin Neary
    Sony:
  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Conductor
    Simon Joly
  • Ensemble
    Choir of Temple Church / Holst Singers / English Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Natalie Clein, cello (extracts only of The Protecting Veil and The Veil of the Temple)
    Conductor
    Stephen Layton
    Decca:
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