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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Chant (1984)
commissioned by Simon James
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
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Programme Note
John Tavener Chant (1984)
As I began to work on Chant with Eleftheria Kotzia, it became apparent that the piece was a meditation on the ancient Byzantine hymn 'Fos ilaron'. I had the image of a young girl sitting by the sea on a Greek island remembering the church services of her childhood - so I asked Eleftheria to hum in certain places part of the ancient Vespers hymn.

Chant was written in 1984 for Simon James, who commissioned it with funds provided by Raymond Denham.

John Tavener 1993

  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Keeping, guitar
  • Soloist(s)
    Jonathan Richards, guitar
    Divine Art:
  • Soloist(s)
  • Ensemble
    Moscow Virtuosi / Kiev Chamber Choir / Chilingirian String Quartet
    Patricia Rozario, soprano / Steven Isserlis, cello / Vladimir Spivakov and Mykola Gobdych, conductors
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