Tears of the Angels

Sir John Tavener (1944)

Tears of the Angels 1995

solo violin, strings(2.3.2.2.1)
Duration 
14
Solist 
Commissioner 
Publisher 

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

Performances 
13.7.01 Worksop Priory, Notts: Primavera Chamber Orchestra / Paul Manley
4.11.01 Stevenage: English Sinfonia / Nicolae Moldoveanu
23.3.02 Santa Fe, NM, USA: 20th C. Unlimited
25.5.02 Glasgow: Scottish Ensemble
5-12.4.03 Scottish tour (Inverness, Aboyne, Aberdeen, Falkirk, Perth, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh)
21.2.04 Sherborne Abbey: Chloe Hanslip / Russian Chamber Orchestra of London / John Tavener
22-28.2.04 France tour (Angers, Nantes, La Roche): Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
11.10.06 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London: BBC Concert Orchestra / Charles Hazelwood
11/15.5.12 Beijing & Shanghai, China: Scottish Ensemble
Selected performances only. For full listing please visit www.musicsalesclassical.com
2
Violin
3
Violin II
2
Viola
2
Cello
1
Double bass
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