Only Connect - Ludwig van Beethoven <> Sir Michael Tippett

How are these sitters connected?


Ludwig van Beethoven, by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after  Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, (1823) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ludwig van Beethoven
by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
(1823)
NPG D13759

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett, by Martin Rose, 1989 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
by Martin Rose
1989
NPG 6043

The connection
Composer Michael Tippett modelled his quartets on those of Beethoven. Tippett’s Fourth Quartet  is a reflection of T. S. Eliot’s set of poems, the ‘Four Quartets’.

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