John Taverner lived from roughly 1475
to roughly 1535
and was a composer of choral music
. He was born and died in Norfolk
and is not to be confused with John Tavener
the contemporary classical composer; Taverner has an extra 'r'. He is also not to be mistaken for 'John Taverner' (a correspondant of Oliver Cromwell
), 'John Taverner' (professor of music at Gresham College
), or 'Richard Taverner
' (who apparently revised the Matthews Bible
, the clever man).
From 1525 to 1533 he served as an organist and composer at the short-lived Cardinal College at Oxford University, where he became famous for his masses. Eight of them and several magnificats survive today. To modern ears his work resembles ambient music, and it is still performed and recorded - latterly by Chanticleer, the successful vocal group. Perhaps because he achieved success during his lifetime, he is still considerably obscure, however.