Only Connect - Sir Michael Tippett <> Ludwig van Beethoven

How are these sitters connected?


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

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
by Martin Rose
1989
NPG 6043

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

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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