Noted British composer
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.