lordsprayerFollowing on from the sad death of John Tavener earlier this month, one miniature work – his serene setting of The Lord’s Prayer – was chosen as an end piece in at least three occasions paying tribute to the composer. It was performed at Southwark Cathedral on November 15th by the South Iceland Chamber Choir (Tavener’s favorite singers), followed the day after by the Tallis Scholars, who chose the setting to end their Lincoln Center recital at the Alice Tully Hall in New York. Both of these events, planned months in advance, weren’t originally intended as tributes, but that’s how they turned out – and both saw packed audiences. Yesterday (November 28th), came the official tribute, attended by over 700 people. Tavener’s funeral service at Winchester Cathedral , the majority of which was sung, also included The Lord’s Prayer, even requiring the congregation to stand and sing. That’s a reminder of how accessible his music can be, and how the often incredibly simple source material – just look at the economic soprano line – can be used to powerful effect.

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