• John Tavener
  • Thrinos (1990)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • Cello
  • 7 min

Programme Note

Thrinos (Lament) for solo cello was composed late in 1990, for Stephen Isserlis. The title, Tavener writes, 'has both liturgical and folk significance in Greece - the Thrinos of the Mother of God sung at the Epitaphios on Good Friday and the Thrinos of mourning which is chanted over the dead body on the house of a close friend.' Tavener wrote his Thrinos to commemorate the death of a close friend.
Michael Stewart


'Thrinos' for solo cello