John Tavener - 70th Birthday in 2014

John Tavener - 70th Birthday in 2014
John Tavener will celebrate his seventieth birthday in 2014. January 28 and beyond provides a welcome opportunity to explore the wealth of his music composed over the last forty years and more, including brand new works. Many are not fully aware of the developments in Tavener’s inspirations, and therefore his music, over each period of his writing career, and in particular during the last decade. He is widely known in the public eye for what has often been coined as ‘Holy Minimal’ music. This generalisation has sometimes led to a lack of discovery of some very fine repertoire. His influences are various and from wide-ranging religious, artistic, literary and poetic sources. 
    Works in Tavener’s catalogue have been specially written for an array of high profile commissioners and performers including: HRH The Prince of Wales; the BBC Proms; King’s College, Cambridge; The Academy of Ancient Music; Nicola Benedetti; Steven Isserlis; Stephen Layton; Patricia Rozario; Sarah Connolly; and countless choirs and vocal groups including The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The Tallis Scholars and Polyphony. 
    At the turn of the new Millennium Tavener received a Knighthood for his Services to Music and in 2005 he was presented with the Ivor Novello Classical Music Award. 
    There are a number of key works by Tavener worthy of further outings, which are extremely enjoyable and affecting for performers and audiences alike. For example: The Whale (1966; orchestra, choir, soloists) The Lamb (1982; choir) The Protecting Veil (1988; cello, strings) The Veil of the Temple (2002; ensemble, choir, soloists) Schuon Lieder (2003; soprano, ensemble) Lalishri (2006; violin, strings) The Beautiful Names (2007; tenor, choir, orchestra) Requiem (2007; cello, soprano, tenor, orchestra, choir) Towards Silence (2007; four string quartets, large Tibetan temple bowl) Tu ne sais pas (2007; mezzo-soprano, timpani, strings) Popule Meus (2009; cello, timpani, strings) You can view a selection of Tavener’s scores online at our special digital service, including the iconic Ultimos Ritos; two well-known pieces - The Lamb and Mother of God, here I stand, newly scored for string orchestra; Supernatural Songs; Ikon of Eros; Lament for Jerusalem and Requiem. You can also view sample pages of smaller scale works such as Schuon Lieder and Pratirúpa. VIEW SCORES ONLINE 
    Tavener’s choral music available on sale and study scores of his works can be purchased and viewed at There are also a number of titles available for digital download from Contact our Hire Library to make an enquiry about hiring Tavener titles for larger forces. Full details about John Tavener’s catalogue can be found at If you require any perusal materials please contact

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