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The Veil of the Temple

composer
2003

 
The Veil of the Temple: The All-Night Vigil was commissioned for the Temple Church in London, and conceived and executed on an unprecedented scale; its performance lasts some hours. The present version was prepared by the composer and lasts about three hours. In this version the original eight cycles are ‘mirrored’ rather than performed as entities. The gradual ascent throughout the cycles is also ‘mirrored’. It is not liturgy, although it has a liturgical dimension; neither is it concert music. (That is, in the sense of being a work of art designed as an end in itself and meant to express and flatter merely human qualities.) The reasons for art do not lie within art itself, which must always strive to connect with what transcends the human as such. The purpose of The Veil is to awaken, through music, some realisation of what is meant by man’s being created in the Divine Image.

The performance of The Veil is a musical journey using voices and instruments. Performance takes place at night in a sacred space, and the object of the journey is to make effective a heightened state of being of the listener through a symbolic unveiling from darkness towards light.

The soul’s journey is to move from the existential darkness of temporal duration—time—towards the Glory of the divine instantaneity, the ever-abiding light of the Eternal. It is also, for the symbolic themes are threaded and interwoven throughout the music’s unfolding, at the beginning in the absence of light, a waiting at the tomb of Christ for the Light of the Resurrection.

The listener should be aware at the outset of two features of the conception of The Veil which act as important non-auditory aspects of the music’s performance. The first feature might be said to form the seminal idea (archetype) of the whole work. It is the idea that any claim to an exclusive possession of Truth by any sacred tradition is equivalent to placing a limitation of the infinitude of the Divine which must, by definition, encompass everything. Whatever symbols, words or characterisation used to define or express the nature of God and His relationship to man must, in the final analysis, be seen inevitably as an accommodation to man’s earthly state. In order to embrace the infinitude of God, all forms have to be shattered—even that of The Veil. In the religious context of the music this means all models of a manifest Temple of Jerusalem must finally be discarded in the Face of the Divine Presence.

The second non-auditory aspect of The Veil’s conception is closely related to the first, and underscores the whole work. God is nothing, in the sense that God is no thing. In the last twenty minutes of the work the awakened soul has moved from darkness to light until a point is reached, with the intensification of the light, that there is a sudden explosion of light. This is the rending of the Veil.

Some indication of the depth and complexity of the symbolic resonances at the climax of The Veil can be gauged by recalling the following themes, which, in varying degrees of intensity, are underwritten by the music of the eighth cycle: The Goal of the Journey; Totality of Light; The Light of the Resurrection; The Rending of the Veil of the Temple; Destruction of the old order—the exclusivity of the various differing religions; Destruction of any manifest structure of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem through the realisation of the greater spiritual and metaphysical model of the Temple within; Realisation of Self.

from notes by Brian Keeble © 2013

Recordings

Tavener: The Veil of the Temple
SIGCD367Download only
White Light - the space between
Studio Master: SIGCD532Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Knight's Progress
Studio Master: SIGCD410Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Cycle 1 No 1: Mystical love song of the Sufis
Track 1 on SIGCD367 CD1 [5'06] Download only
Cycle 1 No 2: Primordial call
Track 2 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'42] Download only
Cycle 2 No 1: Primordial call
Cycle 2 No 2: God's creation
Track 4 on SIGCD367 CD1 [5'40] Download only
Cycle 2 No 3: Outside the gates of paradise
Track 5 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'51] Download only
Cycle 2 No 4: Our Father
Track 6 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'58] Download only
Cycle 2 No 5: Holy Mary
Track 7 on SIGCD367 CD1 [3'00] Download only
Cycle 2 No 6: Alleluia, Theos Erastos
Track 8 on SIGCD367 CD1 [1'44] Download only
Cycle 2 No 7: Gospel of St John
Track 9 on SIGCD367 CD1 [4'23] Download only
Cycle 2 No 8: Thrice-Holy Hymn: Resurrection
Track 10 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'59] Download only
Cycle 2 No 9: Beatitudes of St Isaac the Syrian
Track 11 on SIGCD367 CD1 [4'37] Download only
Cycle 3 No 1: Primordial call
Cycle 3 No 2: Psalm of creation
Track 13 on SIGCD367 CD1 [1'49] Download only
Cycle 3 No 3: O blessed paradise, pray for me
Track 14 on SIGCD367 CD1 [3'13] Download only
Cycle 4 No 1: Primordial call
Track 15 on SIGCD367 CD1 [1'55] Download only
Cycle 4 No 2: Mystery of the nothingness of God
Track 16 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'15] Download only
Cycle 5 No 1: Primordial call
Track 17 on SIGCD367 CD1 [1'51] Download only
Cycle 5 No 2: You mantle yourself in light
Track 18 on SIGCD367 CD1 [3'42] Download only
Cycle 5 No 3: Jesus prayer
Track 19 on SIGCD367 CD1 [1'14] Download only
Cycle 5 No 4: The Lord's prayer
Track 20 on SIGCD367 CD1 [6'58] Download only
Cycle 6 No 1: Primordial call
Track 21 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'08] Download only
Cycle 6 No 2: What God is, we do not know
Track 22 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'34] Download only
Cycle 6 No 3: God of strength
Track 23 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'45] Download only
Cycle 6 No 4: Kyrie eleison: Chant
Track 24 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'18] Download only
Cycle 6 No 5: Te re rem: Ecstatic chant
Track 25 on SIGCD367 CD1 [3'31] Download only
Cycle 6 No 6: Jesus having risen from the tomb
Track 26 on SIGCD367 CD1 [2'22] Download only
Cycle 7 No 1: Apocalyptic primordial call
Cycle 7 No 2: Absolved in the mirror
Track 2 on SIGCD367 CD2 [2'05] Download only
Cycle 7 No 3: Jesus prayer
Track 3 on SIGCD367 CD2 [1'37] Download only
Cycle 7 No 4: Hesychast meditation
Track 4 on SIGCD367 CD2 [4'17] Download only
Cycle 7 No 5: Mary Theotokos
Track 5 on SIGCD367 CD2 [2'57] Download only
Cycle 7 No 6: Hail, veil of the temple
Track 6 on SIGCD367 CD2 [1'21] Download only
Cycle 7 No 7: Mother of God
Track 7 on SIGCD367 CD2 [5'06] Download only
Track 7 on SIGCD410 [2'30] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD532 CD1 [6'04] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD532 CD2 [4'47] Download only
Cycle 7 No 8: Alleluia
Track 8 on SIGCD367 CD2 [4'58] Download only
Cycle 7 No 9: The gospel of St John
Track 9 on SIGCD367 CD2 [13'47] Download only
Cycle 8 No 1: Maranatha
Track 10 on SIGCD367 CD2 [2'51] Download only
Cycle 8 No 2: Awake thou that sleepest
Track 11 on SIGCD367 CD2 [2'12] Download only
Cycle 8 No 3: Into beauty
Cycle 8 No 4: Rending of the veil of the temple: Maya Atma
Track 13 on SIGCD367 CD2 [5'40] Download only
Cycle 8 No 5: Knights Templar in the temple church
Track 14 on SIGCD367 CD2 [4'18] Download only
Cycle 8 No 6: Light of Christ
Track 15 on SIGCD367 CD2 [4'31] Download only
Cycle 8 No 7: Cosmic rising
Track 16 on SIGCD367 CD2 [4'13] Download only
Cycle 8 No 8: New Jerusalem: Upanishad hymn
Track 17 on SIGCD367 CD2 [5'55] Download only
Cycle 8 No 9: Shántih
Track 18 on SIGCD367 CD2 [3'24] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD367 disc 1 track 15

Cycle 4 No 1: Primordial call
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-14-36715
Duration
1'55
Recording date
5 July 2003
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock & Chris Hazell
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: The Veil of the Temple (SIGCD367)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: January 2014
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