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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Thunder Entered Her (1990)
commissioned by the St. Albans Chamber Choir
Text Writer
text trans. by Dr Sebastian Brock
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
20 Minutes
English, Greek
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John Tavener Thunder Entered Her (1990)
Thunder Entered Her is a divine allegory which ponders on the mystery of the Incarnation as described St Ephrem the Syrian, the greatest poet of the patristic age, and perhaps the only Theologian poet to rank beside Dante. So rich is the symbolism of St Ephrem's poetry that he said, slightly ironically, 'Jesus, you have so many symbols, I am drowning in a sea of them.' He died in 373 in Edessa (Urfa, east of the Euphrates in modern south-east Turkey), a town which was for a long time the spiritual home of Syriac speaking Christianity.

The salvation effected by Christ's residing in Mary's womb, in the 'womb' of Jordan and in the 'womb' of the grave, is seen as being already fully accomplished in the temporal event of the feast; in liturgical time, past, present and future are all conjoined in an eternal 'now'.

John Tavener

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