John Tavener: Song For Athene (Alleluia. May Flights Of Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest)

John Tavener: Song For Athene (Alleluia. May Flights Of Angels Sing Thee To Thy Rest)

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: SATB (SATB)
Artist: John Tavener
Series: Contemporary Church Music Series
Catalogue #: CH60991
ISBN: 9780711943896


Song For Athene, for unaccompanied SATB choir, was commissioned by the BBC and written in memory of Athene Hariades, who died in March 1993. The text is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Orthodox Funeral Service. The work was first performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997 under the title Alleluia. May Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest. Martin Neary conducted the Westminster Abbey Choir.

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Song For Athene

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Confirmed purchase: 09 October 2014
Published on: 10 December 2014

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Customer Rating Haunting and awesome, deeply spiritual and sometimes troubling. A powerful piece.

Customer Rating Do is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces I have ever sung. We did it for a 9/11/02 memorial concert in Queens, NY and it really set the mood and was one of the favorites of the congregation.

Customer Rating I have sung this a couple of times and both of those times it brought a lump to my throat, (the basses then went around the rest of the day trying to unlock their vocal chords after the long bottom F). Amazing piece of music - never tire of singing or hearing it.

Customer Rating This song really makes me want to burst into tears every time I hear it because it is so beautiful. I recommend it to anybody who belives in angels.

Customer Rating This is the most powerful and quite frankly the best piece of music I have ever heard in my life. I was in a choir that sang this song about a month after September 11, 2001. The first 3/4 of the song is like viewing heaven. Experiencing the last 1/4 of this song is like seeing the very face of God.

Customer Rating Absolutely Fantabulous! I've sung this one countless times, and it always gives me goosebumps to hear it again! One of those works that makes you believe when everything else seems to be going wrong.

Customer Rating Nicely set out and easy to folow edition. Beautiful music!

Customer Rating How do the basses manage to sing that note that continues through the whole piece? It's an amazing piece of music.

Customer Rating What a spectacular piece of music! John Tavener's piece is incredibly powerful.

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Format: Vocal Score
Length: 8 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Chester Music

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