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SIR JOHN TAVENER DIES
22 November 2013
© MALCOLM CROWTHERS
Sir John Tavener, the British composer whose
musical trajectory mirrored his exploration of spirituality, has died at the age of 69.
& Organ readers will know Tavener’s music through singing some of his
large body of religious music (The Lamb, Song for Athene, The Protecting Veil).
He joined the Russian Orthodox Church in 1977, but his music reflected a far
wider range of influences, as seen in his magnum opus The Veil of the Temple,
the eight-hour all-night vigil (2002); indeed, the composer wrote that ‘it attempts to remove the veils that
hide the same basic truth of all authentic religions.’
a single work for solo organ: Mandelion (1981) is a 24-minute work commissioned
for the 1982 Dublin International Organ Festival and was premiered in St
Patrick’s Cathedral by Peter Sweeney. The composer described it as ‘a meditation upon the
changing and distorting images of Christ’.
the January/February 2014 issue of Choir
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