28/01/2018

Obras Orquestrais #35: The Protecting Veil, de John Tavener

Não há nada como o próprio compositor para nos explicar e apresentar a sua obra, no caso o inglês John Tavener (1944-2013) sobre The Protecting Veil:

"The Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God was instituted in the Orthodox Church to commemorate her appearance in the Church at Vlacherni (Constantinople) in the early tenth century, possibly 902.

(...)

The Feast of the Protecting Veil is kept by the Orthodox Church in celebration of this event.

In my piece entitled The Protecting Veil for cello and strings, I have tried to capture some of the almost cosmic power of the Mother of God. The cello represents The Mother of God and never stops singing throughout. One can think of the strings as a gigantic extension of her unending song."

A obra nasceu de um pedido do violoncelista Steven Isserlis (1958-), que a queria "pequena" (coisa para aí uns dez minutos), mas que acabou por se ir expandindo e acabar por ter uma duração total superior a uma hora...

John Tavener nasceu há 74 anos, no dia 28 de Janeiro de 1944.


CD



John Tavener
The Protecting Veil. Last Sleep of the Virgin.
Steven Isserlis (violoncelo)
Chilingirian Quartet
London Symphony Orchestra
Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
HMV Classics 5 75604-2


Internet



John Tavener
Sir John Tavener / The Guardian / Wikipedia

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