John Tavener - Prayer of the Heart from John Tavener A Portrait
The first time I heard a piece of music that started with a heartbeat it changed my life. That was in 1973, thirty-three years ago.
The second piece of music I heard that starts with a heartbeat I heard for the first time today. I wonder where it will take me.
I listened, unable to move.
A girl’s voice emerged from the tangle of heartbeat and strings, then struggled free and climbed in a wild, raw, painful, fragile, insistent spiralling chant, sometimes so thin I thought it would break and in a moment a voice so strong, deep and rich.