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Published on Jul 2, 2013
On the Guarding of the Heart is directly inspired by my two previous pieces I Shall Contemplate... and Le Cimetière Marin. All of them are religious music, which I freely call cantata, the name I borrow from and refer to Bach's masterpieces. On the Guarding of the Heart is an instrumental cantata, and it derives many of the compositional ideas from I Shall Contemplate.... Both pieces could be performed attacca, in such a way that the latter ends the pieces.
The main theme of "On the Guarding of the Heart" is the need to return into oneself, to descent with the intellect in to the depths of the heart, to guard it and to seek there the hidden treasure of the inner kingdom. The music is very stimulated by reading of the Philokalia; it is about a hard-achieved detachment, stillness and watchfulness, it is about solitude and exile.