Tippett's A Child of Our Time | London Philharmonic Orchestra
As Europe slipped towards fascism, Michael Tippett felt the urge to protest in music – to show solidarity with those downtrodden by poverty and prejudice. Then, in 1938, a young Polish Jew oppressed by the rise of Nazism shot a German diplomat dead in Paris. Tippett had the central figure for his ‘oratorio of contemplation’, A Child of our Time. Taking Bach’s Passions and Handel’s Messiah as his models, Tippett ended each of his sections with his own arrangements of African-American spirituals. ‘The world turns on its dark side’, proclaims the opening movement of Tippett’s masterpiece, but it remains a work of stringent hope and optimism.
Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Writer and broadcaster Daniel Snowman takes a look at Tippett's A Child of our Time.
- Symphony No 4 in F minor
- Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
- A Child of Our Time
- Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)