"God is Love" (In the memory of the Jewish Holocaust)
Originally in English, recorded in Armenian
"God is Love" consists of seven motets based on King David's Psalms. Tjeknavorian composed the motets in 1984 in London, for Mix Choir and Organ. The first performance was give by the Ambrosian Choir at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in London. In 1989, the motets were performed by Washington Choral, at the Washington Cathedral, in Washington DC. In 2001 Selection from the "God is Love" was performed and nationally televised by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake city, Utah. In 1999 the motets were orchestrated, performed and recorded with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir at the Aram Khachaturian Hall, in Yerevan, Armenia.
The Fall of Lucifer (The Temptation of Jesus)
Sang in German
"The Temptation of Jesus" was composed in 1983, for Tenor (Jesus), Baritone (Satan), speaking choir and orchestra. The composition is based on St. Matthew Gospel, chapter 4, Luke 10.18 and 1 Peter 5.8. The composition was premiered in 1995, with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, in Yerevan, Armenia, conducted by Ruben Asatryan.
In Memoriam for Choir and Orchestra (in the memory of the victims of the 1988 earthquake, in Armenia) Sang in Armenian
Tjeknavorian composed originally for 12 brass and percussion instruments. In 1989, the composition was premiered by the American Symphony Brass, at the Carnegie Hall, in New York. In the same year the a capella choir version was performed at Saint Paul's Cathedral, in New York. In 2008, during the 10th anniversary memorial concert, the choir and orchestra of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra premiered "In Memoriam" at the Aram Khachaturian Hall, conducted by the composer. The songs are part of the funeral ceremony for the dead of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The introduction of the last movement "The Lord's Payer" starts one by one with the the solo wind instruments playing freely various Armenian church melodies leading to Choir and string entrance playing the melody of the Lord's prayer, while the winds continue throughout.