Commissioned by Simon James

  • Guitar
  • 10 min

Programme Note

As I began to work on Chant with Eleftheria Kotzia, it became apparent that the piece was a meditation on the ancient Byzantine hymn 'Fos ilaron'. I had the image of a young girl sitting by the sea on a Greek island remembering the church services of her childhood - so I asked Eleftheria to hum in certain places part of the ancient Vespers hymn.

Chant was written in 1984 for Simon James, who commissioned it with funds provided by Raymond Denham.

John Tavener 1993


Chant (1984)