John Tavener

John Tavener was born in 1944. His musical education took place in the midst of Modernist fervour, a movement of which he felt an instinctive and increasing mistrust. The first work that brought him to widespread attention, The Whale (1966), was premiered in 1968 by the London Sinfonietta at their inaugural concert and released on The Beatles' Apple Records label. Although many of his early works were inspired by the mystical aspects of Roman Catholicism, his interest in tradition had led ... [ more ]

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