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Three Shakespeare Sonnets


This commission was supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Iceland and is dedicated to Hilmar Örn Agnarsson and the South Iceland Chamber Choir. The work was first performed by the South Iceland Chamber Choir at Southwark Cathedral, London, on 15 November 2013.

This set of Three Shakespeare Sonnets was one of the first works that I composed after serious illness in 2007. I wanted to pay tribute to my wife, Maryanna, who nursed me back to some degree of health, so I turned to the Shakespeare Sonnets. I was delighted to find that they brought forth music once again, after I had been silent for so long.

from notes by John Tavener © 2017


Tavener & Panufnik (R): 99 Words & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD519Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tavener: No longer mourn for me & other works for cello
Studio Master: CDA68246Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Sonnet III: Look in thy glass
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Track 3 on SIGCD519 [4'07] Download only
Sonnet LXXI: No longer mourn for me
2017; arrangement for eight cellos

Track 5 on CDA68246 [4'26]

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