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Maha Maya

First line:
Ich sehe dich in tausend Bildern
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Maha Maya was commissioned by the Cantata Choir, Canterbury Christ Church University College. The first performance was at the Canterbury Festival on 14 October 2004, in the Canterbury Cathedral quire, by the Cantata Choir of Canterbury Christ Church University College, with David Flood (organ), conducted by Grenville Hancox.

Maha Maya is a celebration of the Eternal Feminine; in the Great Mother of the Hindus, in the Maha Prajavati of the Buddhists (making the Mother of the Buddha the same primal Mother), and in Mary the Mother of Christ, seen in her universal aspect as Stella Matutina, and Mother of all the Prophets. The music is for double choir and organ, and is in three sections. The first choir sings two German texts: Ich sehe dich in tausend Bildern by Novalis (Baron Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801) in the outer sections, and Stella Matutina by the Sufi philosopher Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) in the very tender central section. The second choir invokes Maha Prajavati, Maha Maya, and Stella Matutina throughout. The organ sounds on either side of the centre of the Tryptich, and represents (by using Harmonies of the Spheres, played fortissimo) the awesome and cosmic nature of the Eternal Feminine.

from notes by John Tavener © 2017


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


Track 8 on SIGCD519 [11'12] Download only

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Recording date
1 April 2017
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works (SIGCD519)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: November 2017
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