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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Away in a Manger (2004),
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2004
Duration
3 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Solo Instrument(s)
treble
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Programme Note
John Tavener Away in a Manger (2004),
The first prayer that my parents taught me as a child was the following: “I love thee Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay, close by me forever, and love me I pray.” In this there is a profound doctrine. I loved these words, and only later I heard the music of ‘Away in a Manger’ which I did not like. I resolved one day to make my own setting of it. So, nearly sixty years later, I made my setting, dedicating it to my two young daughters, Theodora and Sofia. I heard the inimitable sound of King’s College Choir in my head as I wrote it, so I am very happy that they will give its first performance on Christmas Eve this year.

J.T.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 24 DEC 2005
    Away in a Manger World Premiere
    King's College, Cambridge
    Choir of King's College Cambridge
    Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Reviews
Chromatic and mesmeric, it is Tavener in miniature. There is...a kind of visionary intensity amid this exotic harmony.
Francis O'Gorman, Organist's Review,12/1/2010
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