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John Tavener: Children of Men - Original Motion Picture Score

by Mark Nowakowski

The critically acclaimed apocalyptic 2006 British film “Children of Men” received three Oscar nominations and won three British Academy Film and Television Arts awards. What might surprise some is that the film carries a deep Christian undercurrent, and this extends lavishly in the works chosen for the film. The tender and moving expressions of John Tavener’s music lent an eerie and transcendent quality to the film. Of the six Tavener works included, perhaps the most moving is the opening Fragments of a Prayer, which utilizes repeated Alleluias swelling on the tide of a simple yet effective string orchestra accompaniment. Aside from Tavener's moving work, the eclectic yet well-matched soundtrack also includes Handel’s War, He Sung, Is Toil And Trouble (from Alexander's Feast), a piece from Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. All in all, a superb sountrack.

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