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The tablet of your heart

First line:
My Child, do not forget my teaching
author of text
Proverbs: 3: 1-3

When The Tablet asked me to write a motet to be performed at their 175th birthday mass (16 May, 2015, Westminster Cathedral, London), they specified two particular lines from the bible’s Book of Proverbs: 'Keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.'

Looking further at the surrounding verses, I was very moved by the warm and nurturing context in which these words were set and incorporated more of them. The action of ‘bind’ing them around fingers inspired me to create a winding and intertwining texture within the choir—each part singing an ancient Middle Eastern-sounding scale, wrapping the refrain in blanket of gently flowing harmonies.

The motet is dedicated to The Tablet on the occasion of their 175th birthday and lasts about 4’30”. I am so grateful to The Tablet for the commission and the inspiring words to set.

from notes by Roxanna Panufnik © 2017


Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD519Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD519 [5'11] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD519 track 7

Recording date
1 April 2017
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works (SIGCD519)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2017
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