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Saint John Tavener has been admitted to the pantheon

January 10, 2017 by norman lebrecht

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The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, out today, contains an extensive entry on the mystic composer, Sir John Tavener, written by Dr Edward Venn of the University of Leeds.

Tavener died in 2013 and the DNB, the ultimate celebrity portal, likes to let the dust settle before composing the last obit.

When I asked about the omission of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, I was told, in a soothing phone call, ‘too soon, young man, too soon.’

By the standard rate of progress, Max should get his entry in 2020.


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