Metaphysical Music by Dale Nelson

Metaphysical Music

The Music of Silence: A Composer’s Testament
by John Tavener, edited by Brian Keeble
London and New York: Faber and Faber, 1999
(210 pages; $15.00, paper)

Fall and Resurrection
by John Tavener
Compact disc—Chandos, CHAN 9800
VHS videocassette—KTCV 102N (NTSC format); an Opus Arte Media
Production in cooperation with Chandos Records, Etcetera Publications

reviewed by Dale Nelson

John Tavener (born 1944) must be the most widely known living Orthodox figure in the arts. Multitudes heard his “Song for Athene” at Diana’s funeral, and his choral setting of Blake’s “The Lamb” and his orchestral work