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November 12, 2013

John Tavener dies at age 69

BBC News:

Sir John Tavener, one of the leading British composers of the past 50 years, has died at the age of 69. Sir John was known for music that drew on his deep spirituality.

In 1992, The Protecting Veil topped the classical charts for several months and in 1997 his Song For Athene was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. He had suffered ill health for much of his life, including a major heart attack in 2007. He died at his home in Child Okeford, Dorset, on Tuesday.

Fellow composer John Rutter told BBC Radio 3 that Sir John "was absolutely touched by genius at every point". "He could bring an audience to a deep silence which is a very rare gift," Rutter said. "He believed that music was for everybody and was a prayer."

Sir John made his name with the avant-garde oratorio The Whale, which was released by The Beatles on their Apple label in 1968. He went on to become one of the few contemporary composers to find wide acclaim beyond the classical world.

Sir John's other well-known works included his setting of William Blake's poem The Lamb and A New Beginning, which was chosen to see in the new century at the end of 1999 in the Millennium Dome in London.

He was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize twice - in 1992 and 1997 - and was knighted in 2000.John Tavener in 1970 Sir John made his name in the late 1960s on The Beatles' Apple label.

Having started his musical career as a teenage organist at a Presbyterian church in London, he converted to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977 and once said that "my way towards God has been to write music". Read more.

Posted by acapnews at November 12, 2013 12:00 AM