Publisher: Chester Music
To a Child Dancing in the Wind (1983),
commissioned by the Little Missenden Festival
Chester Music Ltd
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
The frailty, tenderness, and spiritual transparency of Yeats' poetry inspired this song-cycle for soprano, flute, harp and viola.
In recent years, I have written little music that is not sacred or liturgical. The Yeats Poems and the Seferis Haiku are exceptions, partly I think because both the Irish and Greek poets had a profound sense of the loss of the sacred, and Primordial tradition in art. Also the music for both song-cycles has a quasi-liturgical atmosphere, indeed, the harp harmonics that link the Years songs, are based on a Byzantine Palindrome.
'To a Child Dancing in the Wind' is dedicated to my ex-wife, Victoria Maragopoulou. It was commissioned by the Little Missenden Festival and first performed on 16th October 1983 in Little Missenden Parish Church by Alison Gough (soprano) and the Nimrod Trio.
John Tavener, January 1987
Kathryn Lukas, flute / Patricia Rozario, soprano / Iain Simock, handbells / John Tavener, piano / Stephen Tees, viola / Helen Tunstall, harp
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Marriner, clarinet
Michael Tilson Thomas