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John Tavener : glimpses of paradise
Haydon, Geoffrey.
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Indigo edition.
Publication Information:
London : Indigo, 1998.

Physical Description:
306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
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Central Library ML410.T184 H39 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The lucrative family business of renovating old manor houses has allowed English composer Tavener to live comfortably and concentrate on music based on sacred themes. Early in his life, he couldn't reconcile himself to Roman Catholic or Anglican doctrine, but within those communions he wrote his first music for singers and keyboard. He converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, and now most of his music is based on Russian, Byzantine, and Greek melodies, tone rows, and texts. His early music explored serialism, and elements of serialism, in the form of tone palindromes, appear in recent compositions. He now often writes compositions that are meant to be performed by instruments and singers at different heights in and all corners of big churches; his Song for Athene was sung at Princess Diana's funeral. Besides the music, Haydon presents the personal events that helped shape it, such as Tavener's mother's death, which elicited several works on death and redemption. Tavener lives for his music, and hearing recordings of it, at least, will alleviate this biography's occasional dryness. --Alan Hirsch

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