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On the news of his death, we look at what made Sir John Tavener a great composer.
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Tavener was known for his strong views on religion, which he simply and eloquently put into words on the occasion of his 60th brithday: "The one thing that exists is God: everything else is an illusion... If you love someone, you don’t really love that person, you love God. I can’t see it any other way. There’s only one being, one thing. There’s only one God and only one thing that exists, and that is God. We are God, and we have to find that in ourselves. It’s you and I, there is no other. It’s all one."
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