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Boosey & Hawkes

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
World Premiere
Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY
Evan Hughes, baritone / AXIOM Ensemble / Jeffrey Milarsky
Composer's Notes

Throughout my life I have been a great admirer of T.S. Eliot’s poetry and criticism. So when I decided to set some of his work I chose his late poems and parts of his Four Quartets.

The texts being meditative I decided to use winds and brass to accompany the bass baritone. I remembered a work of similar character and instrumentation by the 16th century composer Heinrich Schütz which impressed me greatly. The work was composed in the fall of 2010.

— Elliott Carter

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Press Quotes

"...a substantial new song cycle, built on stanzas from T S Eliot's Four Quartets... the vocal line, though chromatic, is supple and shapely, and responsive to Eliot's involved, introspective text."
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times


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