LIFTING THE VEIL
The Biography of Sir John Tavener

PIERS DUDGEON
288pp 16 PHOTOS 2003 OUT OF PRINT B805

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This is the first full-length biography of our greatest modern classical composer, written with his full collaboration. Since 1997, when John Tavener's Song for Athene reduced the crowds to tears at the funeral of Princess Diana, he has enjoyed international recognition. But ever since the 1960s, Tavener has composed intensely personal and inspirational music that made his voice distinct from any of his contemporaries. It was not, however, until the 1980s when Mother Thekla, a Greek Orthodox nun, became his librettist and spiritual guide, that Tavener found commercial success with The Protecting Veil.

An intriguing psychosexual biography . . . Dudgeon is dogged; if he has to prise off all seven veils to locate the core, he will. INDEPENDENT