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John Tavener

Publisher: Chester Music

Tears of the Angels (1995)
commissioned by the BT Scottish Ensemble
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloists and Orchestra
Year Composed
1995
Duration
14 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
violin
Orchestration
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Programme Note
John Tavener Tears of the Angels (1995)
Tears of the Angels should be played at the extreme breaking point of 'tenderness'. In other words, totally beyond our compassion, and beyond our comprehension. Wrapped in a depth of inner silence of which we have no idea, a state of being, not an emotion, a tender light piercing the agonising darkness of the world. Also, a humility, of which we have no idea, because it is not rooted in an hypocritcal or contrived deprecation of self, but in the blinding vision of God Himself.

Since we are 'human' and not angels, the music can only be 'imagined' by us. All th strings are muted throughout, except for the part marked solo violin. The solo violin is 'the chief among the Angels', and the whole piece must sound 'serene' and 'seemless'.

John Tavener


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  • Ensemble
    BT Scottish Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Patricia Rozario, soprano Clio Gould, violin
    Linn:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 03 DEC 2019
    Christ Church, Cockermouth, Cumbria
    Scottish Ensemble
    Jonathan Morton, director

    Other Dates:
    4 December - Caird Hall, Dundee
    5 December - St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen
    6 December - Inverness Cathedral
    7 December - St John’s Kirk, Perth, Scotland
    8 December - Crichton Church, Dumfries
    10 December - Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
    11 December - Wellington Church, Glasgow

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