• John Tavener
  • Eonia (1989)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Abbey Life Cork International Festival for the 27th Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music

  • 4 min
  • John Tavener
  • Seferis
  • English, Greek

Programme Note

My work 'Eonia' is a Haiku or 'fragrance'. I opened the Collected Poems of Seferis and found 'The Jasmin'. At the same time I was talking on the telephone to Mother Thekla; I read her 'The Jasmin' and she continued in English, then Slavonic and then English. It was almost like dictated writing.

I was mourning my dear friend Cecil, and 'Eonia' is a fragile tribute, to the man I loved, and to his fragile, beautiful and iconographical art.

John Tavener




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