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Publisher: Chester Music

A Mini Song Cycle for Gina (1984),
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
1984
Duration
10 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano
Orchestration
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John Tavener A Mini Song Cycle for Gina (1984),
The Mini Song Cycle for Gina was composed in 1984 and like his earlier Yeats settings the selected texts are much concerned with the passing of time and loss. Again, simplicity is the order of the day with light, effortless folk and chant-like vocal lines. The extremely simple, but effective piano writing is a prime example of the composer's economy of style: bell-like, isolated peels of Eb punctuate the first song, whilst in the third [He reproves the Curlew] a continuous tremolando is heard throughout.

© Michael Stewart

  • Soloist(s)
    Kathryn Lukas, flute / Patricia Rozario, soprano / Iain Simock, handbells / John Tavener, piano / Stephen Tees, viola / Helen Tunstall, harp
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  • Ensemble
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Andrew Marriner, clarinet
    Conductor
    Michael Tilson Thomas
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