• John Tavener
  • Three Hymns of George Herbert (2012)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the Legatum Institute [www.LI.com] as part of its “British and American Notions of Liberty” programme, in the year of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

  • SATB; 2 perc; str 4tet,; str; semi chorus
  • 15 min

Programme Note

The Three Hymns of George Herbert were written after a long illness, and represent for me a Hymn of thanksgiving to God for a relative return to health. They are intended to be sung in a large, resonant acoustic, with the main choir and string orchestra at one end of the building, and an echo choir and string quartet at the other. The percussion (tubular bells, gongs and tam-tams) should sound from a gallery or other raised position.

The Hymns were inspired by the transparent poetry of George Herbert, and are dedicated in
gratitude and love to the memory of Mother Thekla, former Abbess of the Orthodox Monastery ofthe Assumption, Normanby, near Whitby, who died in 2011.


From a gallery:
Percussion (2 players): Tubular bells, 3 gongs 2 tam-tams, small, medium, large medium, large

From a distance:
Echo choir SATB (soli or a small semi-chorus, (may be taken from the main choir)
String quartet (may be taken from the orchestra)

Main platform:
Main choir SATB
Strings (minimum players, not including string quartet)


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