BookMark: Samuel Scheffler on "The Children of Men"

January 11, 2015
Children of Men

Philosopher Samuel Scheffler bookmarks "The Children of Men" by P.D. James.


What was that hauntingly beautiful orchestral piece in the background?

Hi Alan -- Thanks for your question. Sorry for the delay in responding. I just saw it now. If I recall correctly, it was John Taverner's "The Lamb' from the soundtrack of the 'Children of Men" film adaptation. You could go to the iTunes Store to check the tracks to make sure. Thanks for listening.

The background music is indeed John Tavener's "The Lamb." This is an orchestral version of the piece, which was originally written for choir. I have sung it before and have listened to the choral version many times. I love the (indeed) hauntingly beautiful harmonies. It is based on William Blake's poem of the same title.