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Only Connect - Sir Michael Tippett <> Ludwig van Beethoven

How are these sitters connected?

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’.

Find out more about Tippett connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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