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To A Child Dancing In The Wind (excerpt) for Soprano, Flute/Alto Flute, Viola and Harp [Part(s) only]

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The frailty, tenderness, and spiritual transparency of Yeats' poetry inspired this song-cycle for soprano, flute, harp and viola.

In recent years, I have written little music that is not sacred or liturgical. The Yeats Poems and the Seferis Haiku are exceptions, partly I think because both the Irish and Greek poets had a profound sense of the loss of the sacred, and Primordial tradition in art. Also the music for both song-cycles has a quasi-liturgical atmosphere, indeed, the harp harmonics that link the Years songs, are based on a Byzantine Palindrome.

'To a Child Dancing in the Wind' is dedicated to my ex-wife, Victoria Maragopoulou. It was commissioned by the Little Missenden Festival and first performed on 16th October 1983 in Little Missenden Parish Church by Alison Gough (soprano) and the Nimrod Trio.

John Tavener, January 1987

Performance duration (approx): 9'

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute or Alto Flute
  • Part 2: Viola
  • Part 3: Harp
Category: Music for Flute, Viola and Harp
Publisher: Chester Music
Publisher's reference: CH78386-01
Our Stock Code: 1486698
Media Type: Paperback - Part(s) only

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