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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Lament for Constantinople (1997)
Text Writer
Nicetas Chorisatef trans. Athanasios Angelou & John Davis
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
15 Minutes

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John Tavener Lament for Constantinople (1997)
Lament for Constantinople is offered in unspeakable gratitude to the Holy Orthodox Church. For its apophatic theology, a stumbling block for the human intelligence, for the fact of its "trinitarian" consciousness, for the Divine Liturgy in its offering: "Bringing before Thee Thine own of Thine own, in all and for all" - for the ikons, apostolic windows into the divine world. And last but not least, for its music, which is a gathering together of all Ancient musics that have ever existed as well as the music of the synagogue at the time of Christ, revealing thus, an apostolic and eschatological dimension.

Orthodoxy, alone, contains within it all that has gone before the ages, and all that will come to be subsequently, without end.

John Tavener

  • 06 MAR 1998
    Greece in Britain
    Hellenic Centre
    Philippa Davies, flute / Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone

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