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My eye has seen my desire : for bass recorder in F and guitar

by Christopher Sainsbury (2004)

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Performance by Duo Bosgraaf-Elias from the CD My eye has seen my desire

My eye has seen my desire


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My eye has seen my desire / by Christopher Sainsbury ; Duo Bosgraaf-Elias.

Library shelf no. CD 2605 [Available for loan]

My eye has seen my desire


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My eye has seen my desire : for bass recorder in F and guitar / Christopher Sainsbury.

Library shelf no. 785.4412/SAI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

A work of regionalist expression. The presiding effect in the piece is the heterophony that occurs in both the Liturgy and in the hymns of the Mass. I used to ask my mother 'why is everyone not speaking or singing together'. It was the mass of people and the Church space, and I grew to love the sound of it and still do. This heterophony is emulated in the guitar mainly, but also in the recorder part. Also aspects of the recorder part suggest the passionate voice of our elder Irish Priest from the 1960s and 1970s. It is shaped the way he shaped his phrases. It's all very local for me.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Bass recorder (in F) and guitar.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Izhar Elias

Commission note: Commissioned by Izhar Elias for performance by Duo Bosgraaf-Elias.. Requested by Izhar Elias for European tour 2004, and Australian tour 2005.

First performance: 2004. Maastricht, the Netherlands

Performances of this work

29 Sep 2013: at Sylvia Hinz (La Scala de San Telmo Theatre). Featuring Sylvia Hinz.

2004: Maastricht, the Netherlands

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