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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Ikon of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (1986)
commissioned by Durham Cathedral
Text Writer
Mother Thekla
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
12 Minutes
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Programme Note
John Tavener Ikon of St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (1986)
Commissioned by James Lancelot and the Choir of Durham Cathedral who gave its first performance on 20 March 1987, the 1300th anniversary of St Cuthbert's death. Structurally modelled on a Byzantine Canon, Ikon of St Cuthbert, 'an ikon of music and words in the place of wood and paint, seeks to recall, in its stylized form, the personal aura of Cuthbert, Saint of Lindisfarne'. The text is again by Mother Thekla, a contemplation on Cuthbert's life from his early piety and life as a monk, acts of spiritual healing, consecration as a bishop and retreat into solitude, to his death on Farne and ultimate burial in Durham. Imagery of water runs throughout the verses.

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