Noted Bri­tish com­poser

Los Angeles Times - - Obituaries - Ge­of­frey Burgon

Ge­of­frey Burgon, 69, the Bri­tish com­poser whose sound­track for the tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion of “Brideshead Re­vis­ited” be­came a hit record­ing, died Tues­day af­ter a short ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment from his London pub­lisher, Ch­ester Mu­sic.

Burgon also con­trib­uted to the Monty Python movie “Life of Brian” and pro­duced mu­sic for “Dr. Who,” “Tinker, Tai­lor, Sol­dier, Spy,” “The Chron­i­cles of Narnia” and other TV pro­duc­tions.

Burgon’s score for the TV adap­ta­tion of Eve­lyn Waugh’s novel “Brideshead Re­vis­ited” sold 100,000 copies.

The com­poser first gained at­ten­tion in 1976 when his “Re­quie­dem” was per­formed at the Three Choirs Fes­ti­val in western Eng­land.

Burgon won an Ivor Novello award for Bri­tish mu­sic writ­ing in 1979 for “Tinker, Tai­lor, Sol­dier, Spy,” which in­cluded a mem­o­rable ver­sion of the “Nunc Dimit­tis,” and an­other in 1981 for “Brideshead.” More re­cently he won awards from the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts for his mu­sic for “The Forsyte Saga” and “Lon­gi­tude.”

Other works in­cluded church mu­sic, set­tings of words by John Donne and St. John of the Cross, a con­certo for pi­anist Joanna MacGre­gor in 1997 and an opera, “Hard Times,” based on the Charles Dick­ens novel.

Born July 15, 1941, in Hamp­shire, Eng­land, Burgon en­tered the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic in­tend­ing to study trum­pet, but he later switched to com­pos­ing.

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