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British composer John Tavener (born 28 January 1944 in Wembley, London, died 12 November 2013 in Dorset) was a direct descendant of the sixteenth century composer John Taverner. He attended Highgate School (where a fellow pupil was John Rutter) and later studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where his tutors included Sir Lennox Berkeley. He first came to prominence in 1968 with his dramatic cantata The Whale, based on the Old Testament story of Jonah. It was premièred at… read more

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  • When he was 19 he conducted his own opera. That's makes me jealous :(
  • He suffered with health problems from a stroke at 30, two heart attacks and a brain tumor. That he lived as long as he did was a wonder. He will live forever through his beautiful music. Rest in Peace.
  • Such exquisitely beautiful music. So sad that he died a little over a month ago; and he was really not so old. I wonder why or how he died.
  • Forever alive through his music.
  • Completely in shock. "Come, enjoy rewards and crowns I have prepared for you."
  • A terrible loss for the world of music.
  • R.I.P. John
  • R.I.P.
  • R.I.P. choral master.
  • R.I.P.

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