• John Tavener
  • Laila (Amu) (2004)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Random Dance with funds from The Wellcome Foundation.

  • 2(2pic,2afl).1+obda.0.2(cbn)0.0.0.0timp.3perchpstr
  • soprano, tenor
  • 1 hr 5 min

Programme Note

BRIEF PROGRAMME NOTE

Laila is based on the Sufi legend of Laila and Majnun. On one level, this is a love story in which Majnun falls passionately in love with Laila and goes mad when her father forbids their marriage. On a deeper level, the legend is about man’s yearning for God, which can never be fulfilled on an earthly plane.

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