• John Tavener
  • The Veil of the Temple (concert version)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • duduk/3hn.2tpt.tbn+btbn/Tibetan horn/timp.3 temple bowls (high,medium,low).tam.tbells/org.indian harmonium
  • SATB / boys’ choir
  • soprano
  • 2 hr 40 min
  • Aramaic, Church Slavonic, English, Greek, Sanskrit

Programme Note

I hope that this concert version of The Veil of the Temple will encapsulate something of the experience of the seven hour vigil. I have tried to capture the gradual movement from darkness to light, and the gradual 'unveiling' of the music, by taking key elements of the eight cycles that lead to the climax in cycles seven and eight.