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Prayer Of The Heart (Parts)


By John Tavener

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String Quartet, Ensemble
Parts. Composed by John Tavener (1944-). Music Sales America. Classical. Book and CD. Composed 2007. 16 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH61769-01. Published by Chester Music (HL.14041950).

Item Number: HL.14041950

Prayer of the Heart was inspired by The Chain of Hope. This charitable organisation raises money for the treatment of heart disorders in children, including Marfan's Syndrome, of which John Tavener is a sufferer.
Thesinger should sit on a low stool, bowing towards the heart. This facilitates the soul's concentration, and its unification in ecstasy. The Prayer of the Heart is prayed ceaselessly day and night, awake or sleeping, becauseit has become at one with the beating of the heart... Silence, peace, sweetness of union with God...
The Prayer is not usually sounded with the voice at all - it is silent. Therefore the music must be played and sungintensely, quietly, with no physical effort. The Byzantine bell and large Tibetan temple bowl may be played by the singer. Prayer of the Heart should be sung in subdued lighting, perhaps by candlelight. The recording of theheartbeat should sound very tenderly and quietly throughout.

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