• John Tavener
  • Funeral Canticle (1996)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Originally published as two pieces: Funeral Canticle and Kliros

  • [str]
  • SATB
  • tenor [=baritone]
  • 23 min

Programme Note

Funeral Canticle was written in loving memory of my father. Such was his love of life and people that he constantly surprised us by rallying round when he was thought to be at the point of death. So I wrote this work during the last year of my father's life, in preparation for the interdenominational funeral service that was his wish.
My father's funeral was celebrated by Archbishop Gregorios of Thayateira and Great Britain, Archimandrite Father Ephrem and Arch-priest Father Michael Fortunatto, as well as three Pastors from the United Reformed Church, which was the Church of my father's baptism. It was a moving ceremony, with ikons and candles lighting up the church, and, I believe it would have delighted the man who lay in the coffin. Eternal memory - Kenneth.

John Tavener