Thursday, April 12, 2007


Michael Tippett on the significance of combining the deep melodies of Afro-American spirituals with his own expansive lyricism in the often astringent setting of A Child Of Our Time: "It's a question of survival, if you like, which has become something desperately needed. Also the other element which was so strong is concerned with compassion in a world which is so driven and riven by fratricidal struggle and by self-righteousness of every kind"

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