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Ivan Moody

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There are at least two artists which use this name
1. Ivan Moody, a classical composer from the United Kingdom
2. Ivan Moody, a rock singer from the United States.

1. Ivan Moody, British composer, was born in London in 1964, and studied composition with Brian Dennis at London University, William Brooks at York University and privately with John Tavener. He also studied Orthodox theology at the University of Joensuu, Finland. Moody is active as a conductor, directing ensembles such as Voces Angelicae, the Kastalsky Chamber Choir (Britain), Capilla Peña Florida (Spain), Cappella Romana (USA) and Ensemble Alpha (Portugal).

Eastern liturgical chant has had a profound influence on his music, as has the spirituality of the Orthodox Church, to which he belongs. Following the enormous success of Canticum Canticorum I, written for the Hilliard Ensemble, in 1990 he won the Arts for the Earth Festival Prize for Prayer for the Forests, subsequently premièred by the renowned Tapiola Choir of Finland. One of his most important works is the oratorio Passion and Resurrection (1992), based on Orthodox liturgical texts, premièred in 1993 by Red Byrd and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tõnu Kaljuste at the Tampere Festival. In 1996 it was given its North American premiere by Cappella Romana. The Akathistos Hymn (1998), the composer’s largest work to date, was written for Cappella Romana following these performances.

Other significant works include the ‘cello concerto Epitaphios (1993), the cantata Revelation (1995)

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