• John Tavener
  • My Gaze Is Ever upon You (1997)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Clio Gould and the BT Scottish Ensemble for the Hellenic Concert series with generous support from the Michael Marks Charitable Trust

  • violin/tape
  • 15 min

Programme Note

My Gaze is ever upon You is a series of sixteen gazes, moments and ecstatic breaths written in Trinitarian guise - written for solo violin with taped violin and a string drone pre-recorded in a reverberant acoustic.

The music was written during two periods of prolonged stays in my house in Greece. As far as possible, they are spontaneous reactions to people, to landscapes, to animals, to creeping things - an attempt to create a Theophany and an anthropophany. To see God in everything, for "everything that lives is Holy". It is dedicated to Clio Gould and is written in loving memory of Matthew Sullivan.

John Tavener


My Gaze is ever upon You