Geoffrey Burgon, British composer

Associated Press / September 24, 2010

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LONDON — Geoffrey Burgon, the composer whose soundtrack for the television production of “Brideshead Revisited’’ became a hit recording, has died at age 69, his publisher said.

Mr. Burgon also contributed to Monty Python’s “Life of Brian’’ and produced music for “Dr. Who,’’ “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,’’ “The Chronicles of Narnia,’’ and other productions.

Mr. Burgon died Tuesday after a short illness, according to an announcement from his publisher, Chester Music.

His score for the television adaptation of “Brideshead’’ sold 100,000 copies.

He first gained wide attention in 1976 when his “Requiem’’ was performed at the Three Choirs Festival in western England.

Mr. Burgon won an Ivor Novello award in 1979 for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,’’ which included a memorable version of the “Nunc Dimittis.’’

He received another Novello two years later for “Brideshead.’’

He also won awards more recently for his music composed for “The Forsyte Saga’’ and “Longitude.’’

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

He leaves his wife, their son, and a son and a daughter from a previous marriage.