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Sir John Tavener: Composer, Mystic (1944-2013)

Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)

His 1969 Celtic Requiem caught the eyes and ears of The Beatles, who arranged for recordings of his music on Apple Records. In 1977 he was received into the Russian Orthodox Church, an affiliation he characterized as “a homecoming,” and which became central to his compositions going forward. Perhaps most memorable was a piece sung in elegy to Princess Diana