The Lament of the Mother of God

The Lament of the Mother of God

Series: Music Sales America Publisher: Chester Music SATB Composer: John Tavener

This work for soprano solo and SATB chorus was commissioned by the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music. Tavener:'In the Orthodox Church, the Lament of the Mother of God is normally sung on Holy and Great Friday. In its full length it lasts about half and hour, and it is intoned by the Priest or Bishop while the people venerate the Epitaphios (or Shroud of the Dead Christ), which is in the centre of the church and decorated with flowers. The Lament must be sung with an ikon-like stillness and great purity. It grows in intensity as it climbs in tessitura, but without anything sudden or remotely melodramatic. For the Orthodox Church there is never the sense of absolute desolation felt by the Western Church on Good Friday. Hence the cry of the Mother of God “Dost thou change my grief to gladness by thy Resurrection?”, followed by the full forces: “Rise O God, and judge the earth.”

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$4.00 (US) Inventory #HL 14032868 UPC: 884088809119 Publisher Code: CH55914 Width: 8.5" Length: 11.0" 28 pages

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