Commissioned by Kirkkomusiikin säveltäjät ry (Church music composers’ association). Year of composition 2012. Duration ca. 30′
Deesis (Prayer) is the name of a fragment of Byzantine mosaic preserved on the wall of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. It is an intensely meditative image where the anxious St. John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary wholly focused on her child and the austere Christ contemplating the hereafter are depicted in tones of deep blue, purple and gold. Author Orhan Pamuk would describe it as radiating “a wonderful and strange light”.
The structure of this Deesis is an abbreviated version of the Panihida, the Orthodox Mass for the Dead. This mini-Panihida is intended as a source of solace to the nearest and dearest of the departed.
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