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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Song of the Angel (1994)
Work Notes
written for Yehudi Menuhin and Edna Michell
Chester Music Ltd
Soloists and Orchestra
Year Composed
5 Minutes
soprano, violin
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Programme Note
John Tavener Song of the Angel (1994)
For the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations

Song of the Angel sets one word in Greek - Allelouia.
Al (as in ‘car’) - le (as in ‘leaves’) - lou (as in ‘rude’) - I - (as in ‘leaves’) - ya (as in yah)

The music should be sung and played with a restrained ecstasy. In other words it should not bring pounding of the heart, nor should it lead to melancholy. “Like all the music of the ‘East’ it should reveal in tranquility an eternal, angelic, ecstatic breath which liberated and humanises”. These are the words of Coomaraswamy.

John Tavener

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  • 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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