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Looking further at the surrounding verses, I was very moved by the warm and nurturing context in which these words were set and incorporated more of them. The action of ‘bind’ing them around fingers inspired me to create a winding and intertwining texture within the choir—each part singing an ancient Middle Eastern-sounding scale, wrapping the refrain in blanket of gently flowing harmonies.
The motet is dedicated to The Tablet on the occasion of their 175th birthday and lasts about 4’30”. I am so grateful to The Tablet for the commission and the inspiring words to set.
from notes by Roxanna Panufnik © 2017
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This album, a tribute to the life and legacy of Sir John Tavener, is built around his '99 Words to my darling children', first uttered at the composer's memorial service. Roxanna Panufnik's setting for choir and narrator is one of several first re ...» More