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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

My Gaze Is Ever upon You (1997)
commissioned by Clio Gould and the BT Scottish Ensemble for the Hellenic Concert series with generous support from the Michael Marks Charitable Trust
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
15 Minutes

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John Tavener My Gaze Is Ever upon You (1997)
My Gaze is ever upon You is a series of sixteen gazes, moments and ecstatic breaths written in Trinitarian guise - written for solo violin with taped violin and a string drone pre-recorded in a reverberant acoustic.

The music was written during two periods of prolonged stays in my house in Greece. As far as possible, they are spontaneous reactions to people, to landscapes, to animals, to creeping things - an attempt to create a Theophany and an anthropophany. To see God in everything, for "everything that lives is Holy". It is dedicated to Clio Gould and is written in loving memory of Matthew Sullivan.

John Tavener

  • Ensemble
    BT Scottish Ensemble
    Patricia Rozario, soprano Clio Gould, violin
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