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Michael Praetorius

The Taverner Choir, Players, and Consort are among the best-known British Early Music organizations, but are also known for their interest in contemporary music.

They were founded by Andre Parrott, musical assistant to Sir Michael Tippett, one of the best-known English composer, whose style had been shaped by his deep interest in the golden age of polyphonic English Renaissance music. Tippett suggested that Parrott assemble a choir to sing Renaissance music at the 1973 Bath Festival. He chose the name Taverner for the choir to honor John Taverner, and Important English Catholic composer of the first half of the 16th Century.

(The Renaissance John Taverner is sometimes confused with the contemporary English composer John Tavener. The present-day Tavener is in fact descended from a Taverner family line, the "R" having been excised by a teetotaling ancestor who did not fancy a surname meaning "tavern-owner." John Tavener was recently disappointed to learn that it is not likely he is descended from John Taverner, as he had previously believed. The potential for confusion is compounded since the Taverner Choir have music of both their namesake Taverner and their near namesake Tavener in their repertory.)

After the success of the Choir, Parrott founded instrumental groups both to work with the choir and to continue his musical researches into the non-vocal real. The Players are essentially a variable chamber group, and the Consort is a Renaissance or Baroque orchestra.

They have recorded over thirty releases, nearly always of early music, and most of them for EMI companies. Most of their EMI recordings are being transferred to the company's Virgin Veritas imprint. Subsequently, they became exclusive Sony Classics artists.

Parrott remains the director of the three ensembles. The Associate Director of Malcolm Bruno. Born in the United States and educated at New York University, he went to London in 1974 for post-graduate research at King's College London, where he earned a doctorate, and studied composition at the Royal College of Music. He has held the position since 1986. His responsibilities with the Taverner are in program development, and in the details of recording, television, and radio work. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Schütz Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Story); Praetorius Motets

Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Title: Die Geburt unsers Herren Jesu Christi, for chorus, instruments & continuo, SWV 435
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Title: Polyhymnia Caduceatrix

Comments

chadstaten
It's 6 months later and still the wrong bio...
Ok. it is one year since the first post indicated a correction was needed to replace the current(inco r r e c t ) bio with that of Michael Praetorius. So what's the hold up Pandora? Hello! Anybody out there? Oh well. Thank God for Encylopedia Britannica. We will have look up Herr Praetorius ourselves. Pandora, you will need to uprgrade you presentation quality if you want users to upgrade their memberships to actual paying status. In the meantime I will suffer though the
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gary.steele
bio is still for wrong person
rstober3
Pandora: you still don't have it correct as Andrew Parrott is showing up instead of Preatorius!
Pandora: Why is the bio about Heinrich Schütz when the artist page belongs to composer Michael Praetorius? Please replace the incorrect bio with the correct one.

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