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 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

British composer John Tavener has passed away at age 69. His music was used most notably in CHILDREN OF MEN and TREE OF LIFE and wrote the choral music for GORMENGHAST.

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/11/sad-news-a-celebrated-british-composer-has-died.html

James

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sorry to hear that. I've never really had the chance to explore his music, but he's always been a familiar name to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   SCOREMIX   (Member)

Indeed an extremley great loss although I don't know his work and style........All the best condolences to his family

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Not film music but the few pieces I have by him are interesting and mostly enjoyable. Nicola Benedetti's 2007 album was almost solely his works, and I played her recording of his Lalishri cycle only a few days ago.

I wouldn't seek out his work based on what I have but I'm pleased I have what I have.

Far too young at 69.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

This is a very sad loss. I have many of his works on CD. "The Protecting Veil" is a gorgeous orchestral work -- I've loved his work from the moment I first heard a note of his music. Beautiful, heartfelt, humane works.

My condolences to his family and friends.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

From Cycle VIII of "The Veil of the Temple" (a gigantic work that the composer himself regarded as the most important he ever wrote) this is "New Jerusalem - Upanishad Hymn":



May you rest in peace, John Tavener.


 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

This is a very sad loss. I have many of his works on CD. "The Protecting Veil" is a gorgeous orchestral work -- I've loved his work from the moment I first heard a note of his music. Beautiful, heartfelt, humane works.

My condolences to his family and friends.


My thoughts exactly. And an interesting man.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

This is a very sad loss. I have many of his works on CD. "The Protecting Veil" is a gorgeous orchestral work -- I've loved his work from the moment I first heard a note of his music. Beautiful, heartfelt, humane works.

My condolences to his family and friends.


My thoughts exactly. And an interesting man.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

This is a very sad loss. I have many of his works on CD. "The Protecting Veil" is a gorgeous orchestral work -- I've loved his work from the moment I first heard a note of his music. Beautiful, heartfelt, humane works.

My condolences to his family and friends.


My thoughts exactly. And an interesting man.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

This is a very sad loss. I have many of his works on CD. "The Protecting Veil" is a gorgeous orchestral work -- I've loved his work from the moment I first heard a note of his music. Beautiful, heartfelt, humane works.

My condolences to his family and friends.


My thoughts exactly. And an interesting man.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Hey TG.
what are your thoughts on this?
wink

seriously, i am a fan of his work apart from the pieces used in film.
Can somebody identify the piece that plays at the beginning of TREE OF LIFE?

rip JT
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Hey TG.
what are your thoughts on this?
wink

seriously, i am a fan of his work apart from the pieces used in film.
Can somebody identify the piece that plays at the beginning of TREE OF LIFE?

rip JT
bruce


That's the "Funeral Canticle", a gorgeous piece that comes to symbolize the origin of life, maybe (and the images of dawning light which run through the film).

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

A composer steeped in Greek Orthodox mysticism. He once differentiated his style of music from more popular commercial music as 'the music of the self, as opposed to that of the ego'.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I'm fairly sure Tavener's music for CHILDREN OF MEN was written specifically for the film. It's stunning:



The Varese album appears to be OOP, but easily available:

http://www.amazon.com/Children-Original-Motion-Picture-Score/dp/B000K7UGZW

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Along with Part & Gorecki he pioneered a new form of religious/spiritual music - some have called it "mystic minimalism".
Whatever the name , it will remembered as the defining form of late 20th Century classical music.
bruce

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Along with Part & Gorecki he pioneered a new form of religious/spiritual music - some have called it "mystic minimalism".
Whatever the name , it will remembered as the defining form of late 20th Century classical music.
bruce

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Along with Part & Gorecki he pioneered a new form of religious/spiritual music - some have called it "mystic minimalism".
Whatever the name , it will remembered as the defining form of late 20th Century classical music.
bruce

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Hey TG.

Can somebody identify the piece that plays at the beginning of TREE OF LIFE?


bruce


That's the "Funeral Canticle", a gorgeous piece that comes to symbolize the origin of life, maybe (and the images of dawning light which run through the film).


thankk you, Thor!
smile
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I loved his choral pieces for Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's score for "Gormenghast". R.I.P. John Tavener.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Along with Part & Gorecki he pioneered a new form of religious/spiritual music - some have called it "mystic minimalism".
Whatever the name , it will remembered as the defining form of late 20th Century classical music.
bruce
x 3

See, Bruce - divine providence. That'll teach you to mock me on this type of thread.

 
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