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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Song for Ileana (1988)
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
10 Minutes
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Programme Note
John Tavener Song for Ileana (1988)
This work was written for the flautist Ileana Ruhemann and is headed by a quotation from Seferis, Greece’s great second-century poet: ‘Wherever I travel Greece wounds me’. Tavener directs that it should be played ‘like a folk-song – with great stillness – but also with great freedom as if playing in the vast expanses of the wild terrain of Northern Greece’. The melodic material is redeployed in his large-scale setting of the Passion story Resurrection where it is associated with the sorrow of the Mother of God.

  • Ensemble
    BBC Singers
    Simon Joly
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