• John Tavener
  • Little Reliquary for G. F. H. (2009)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Players for the separate string quartet to be taken from the main orchestra

  • Ct,ob,2vn,va,vc + str
  • Countertenor, Oboe, Violin, Violin, Viola, Cello
  • 7 min

Programme Note

Little Reliquary for G. F. H. is a humble tribute to Handel based on a misremembered quote from Solomon and scored for oboe, strings and countertenor. Solomon has always been my favourite work by Handel, and the aria, which I have albeit slightly misremembered, stems from my early years when I played it repeatedly on a 78 recording of Beecham’s orchestration of the music.

© John Tavener