Innocence by John Tavener

From an April 1999 concert, the Harvard University Choir performs “Innocence” by John Tavener (1944–2013), under the direction of guest conductor Martin Neary. In the composer’s words the music is “written in memory of all those innocent victims who have died across the frozen chain of centuries. It uses texts from the Gospels, St Ephrem the Syrian, the Old Testament, Shakespeare, and from Mathnawi of Jalal al-Din Rumi.”