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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

O where, tell me where? (2013)
Commissioned by The Bach Choir
Text Writer
trad/Robert Burns/Sir Harold Edwin Boulton, Bart.
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
Year Composed
2013
Duration
11 Minutes
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John Tavener O where, tell me where? (2013)
'O where, tell me where' is a meditation based on three well-known Scottish songs. It was written in the Highlands of Scotland, as a tribute to a country that I have come to love since being seriously ill in 2007. The work is scored for choir and tubular bells. (J.T.)

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There seems no end to the works which the late John Tavener can magically produce: ‘O where, tell me where?’ has now received its UK premiere by the Bach Choir for whom he wrote it, and though premiered in Shanghai it still had the tincture of novelty. The title is the opening line of one of the three Scottish folksongs of which it is a setting, the others being ‘My love is like a red, red rose’ and ‘The Skye boat song’, each prefaced by a quasi-improvisation on tubular bells. The florid harmonies and angular tunings did not fight with the simple charm of the texts, and the work gained power from the sheer conviction with which it was sung; when Tavener moved into counterpoint, the vocal lines interlaced pleasingly.
Michael Church, The Independent,11/26/2014
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