• John Tavener
  • Ypakoë (1997)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the City of London Festival

  • Piano

Programme Note

The Greek word Ypakoë means “to be obedient”, “to hear”, “to respond”. In the present context it refers to the Ypakoë of Easter in the Orthodox Church. “Why seek ye among the dead, as though He were a mortal man?”.

Ypakoë for solo piano is a meditation on both the passion and resurrection of Christ. Much of the work has a contemplative character, but the last movement, Ypakoë, should dance for joy at the risen Lord.

John Tavener



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