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Birthday Sleep

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Birthday Sleep, dating from 1999 and setting a text by the Welsh poet Vernon Watkins – viewed by Tavener as a meditation on the Incarnation – uses similar techniques, and also employs some unexpected harmonic shifts, so that the cadences are variously in G major, E major and B minor, and Watkins’s couplet of repeating lines at the end of each strophe is set in pure F major. The effect is as disconcerting as it is fresh.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2004

Daté de l’an 1999, Birthday Sleep, qui met en musique un texte du poète gallois Vernon Watkins – une méditation sur l’Incarnation, aux yeux de Tavener –, use de techniques similaires, mais recourt aussi à des transitions harmoniques inattendues, en sorte que les cadences sont aussi bien en sol majeur qu’en mi majeur et en si mineur, et que le couplet de Watkins, fait de vers répétés à chaque fin de strophe, est sis dans un pur fa majeur. L’effet produit est aussi déconcertant que frais.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 2004
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Das aus dem Jahre 1999 stammende und auf einem Text des walisischen Dichters Vernon Watkins beruhende Stück Birthday Sleep – das Tavener eine Meditation über die Menschwerdung betrachtet – bedient sich ähnlicher Techniken. Hier findet man auch unerwartete harmonische Wendungen, durch die Kadenzen abwechselnd in G-Dur, E-Dur und h-Moll schließen. Watkins’s Wiederholungen der letzten Zeile am Ende jeder Strophe stehen im reinen F-Dur. Die Wirkung ist gleichermaßen beunruhigend wie auch erfrischend.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 2004
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

Recordings

Tavener: Choral Music
CDA67475
Tavener: Choral Music
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67475Super-Audio CD

Details

Track 1 on CDA67475 [6'22]
Track 1 on SACDA67475 [6'22] Super-Audio CD

Track-specific metadata for CDA67475 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-47501
Duration
6'22
Recording date
5 January 2004
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Tavener: Choral Music (CDA67475)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2004
  2. Tavener: Choral Music (SACDA67475)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2004
    Super-Audio CD
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