• John Tavener
  • If ye love me (2012)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF Creative) with thanks to the support of the MIF Commissioning Circle.

  • 3 string quartets
  • upper voices
  • 6 min

Programme Note

Written for 3 string quartets and female voices, If ye love me was composed in Scotland in July and August 2012. It was inspired by the vast stillness and silence of the Scottish landscape.
Like much of my recent music, it is tightly constructed, being based on Byzantine palindromes.
Divine Love is central to all the great religious traditions, and I have tried to reflect that in this piece.

J.T.

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