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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

If ye love me (2012)
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF Creative) with thanks to the support of the MIF Commissioning Circle.
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
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6 Minutes
upper voices

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John Tavener If ye love me (2012)
Written for 3 string quartets and female voices, If ye love me was composed in Scotland in July and August 2012. It was inspired by the vast stillness and silence of the Scottish landscape.
Like much of my recent music, it is tightly constructed, being based on Byzantine palindromes.
Divine Love is central to all the great religious traditions, and I have tried to reflect that in this piece.


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"Tavener notes it was inspired by the ‘vast stillness and silence’ of the Scottish landscape and something of this is evoked in its composite chords, which morph in and out of each other."
Rupert Jeffcoat, Choir and Organ,01/07/2014
The sound is simple and ordered, but is no less beautiful for it
Sam Stutter, Manchester Evening News,09/07/2013
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