• John Tavener
  • Two Hymns to the Mother of God (1985)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Two Hymns t the Mother of God were first performed on 14th December 1985 by the Choit of Winchester Cathedral conducted by Martin Neary.

(i) Hymn to the Mother of God
(ii) Dormition of the Mother of God

  • SATB
  • 7 min
  • John Tavener
  • St Basil
  • English

Programme Note

These Two Hymns were written in memory of my mother. The first is for double choir, and is a setting of a text from the Liturgy of St Basil. It speaks of the almost cosmic power attributed to the Mother of God by the Orthodox Church. The second comes form the Vigil Service of the Dormition (of falling asleep) of the Mother of God. She invites the apostles to gather form the end of the earth to bury her body in Gethsemane, and asks her to receive her spirit.

JT

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2 Hymns to the Mother of God: Hymn to the Mother of God
2 Hymns to the Mother of God: Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God

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