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Editor’s Note: Scored for a cappella choir, John Tavener’s “Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God” was composed in 1985 as the second part of a pair of Marian devotions. Its  text is taken from the Feast of the Dormition (or slumber) of the Mother of God, celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church on August 15, and known as the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary in the Western Church: “O ye apostles, assembled here from the ends of the Earth, bury my body in Gethsemane; and Thou my Son and God, receive my Spirit.” This text is repeated a total of three times, each within a different musical setting.

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Published: Aug 15, 2018
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John Tavener
Sir John Kenneth Tavener (1944 – 2013) was an English composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Protecting Veil, Song for Athene and The Lamb. A convert to the Russian Orthodox Church, Orthodox theology and liturgical traditions became a major influence on his work. He was particularly drawn to its mysticism, studying and setting to music the writings of Church Fathers and completing a setting of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
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