It has been deemed "far superior to Thérèse , with the internal drama more suited to the stage".
His chamber opera A Gentle Spirit (1977), with a libretto by McLarnon based on a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, concerns a pawnbroker whose marriage fails to the extent that his wife commits suicide. During this phase of stasis Tavener’s friend, the Irish playwright and actor Gerard McLarnon, recommended to him the Dostoevsky short story ‘A Gentle Creature’, sometimes …
Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Gentle Spirit - Jonathan Wilson on AllMusic - 2011 This is anything but strength, it is in fact a display of profound weakness. COMPOSER'S NOTE A Gentle Spirit was written immediately after finishing my opera Therese, commissioned by the Royal Opera House for performance in 1978. Gentleness is strength because it remains constant and clear-minded across all manner of situations. Authoritative information about the hymn text How Like a Gentle Spirit, with lyrics, audio recordings, and piano resources. Characteristics of True Strength . Ambient 101 Relaxing Ambient Effects - Background Sleep Sounds, Relax Mood Music ℗ 2015 Winter Hill Records Released on: 2015-07-16 Composer: Neuromancer Gerard McLarnon, the librettist for both operas, suggested that I read the Dostoievsky short story. The dark, brooding character of this extraordinary drama immediately suggested musical ideas, and we constructed a highly ritualistic and … Robert Winston Smith (born October 24, 1958) is an American composer, arranger, and teacher. There is nothing strong about the person who is quick to lose temper and resort to aggression and violence in their spirit, words, and action. The proto-existentialist writer Fyodor Dostoevsky was claimed by the composer as one of the only three novelists he could read, the others being the Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis, and Dostoevsky’s fellow Russian, Leo Tolstoy.