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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Funeral Canticle (1996)
Work Notes
originally published as two pieces: Funeral Canticle and Kliros
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
23 Minutes
tenor [=baritone]
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Programme Note
John Tavener Funeral Canticle (1996)
Funeral Canticle was written in loving memory of my father. Such was his love of life and people that he constantly surprised us by rallying round when he was thought to be at the point of death. So I wrote this work during the last year of my father's life, in preparation for the interdenominational funeral service that was his wish.
My father's funeral was celebrated by Archbishop Gregorios of Thayateira and Great Britain, Archimandrite Father Ephrem and Arch-priest Father Michael Fortunatto, as well as three Pastors from the United Reformed Church, which was the Church of my father's baptism. It was a moving ceremony, with ikons and candles lighting up the church, and, I believe it would have delighted the man who lay in the coffin. Eternal memory - Kenneth.

John Tavener

  • Ensemble
    Choir & Orchestra of The Academy of Ancient Music
    Patricia Rozario, soprano Julia Gooding, soprano Andrew Manze, violin George Mosley, baritone
    Paul Goodwin
    Harmonia Mundi:
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