This is part of Tippett’s draft scenario for the libretto of his oratorio A Child of our Time. He initially approached T.S. Eliot to write the text, which Eliot agreed to on the condition that Tippett would provide a detailed outline of what was required for each section of the piece.
The draft scenario shows how clear Tippett was about what he wanted, and perhaps explains why Eliot subsequently declined the request and suggested Tippett undertake the task himself. The opening lines from this draft scenario ‘The world turns on its dark side’ did in fact make it into the final libretto.
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- Oliver Soden
- Music and modernism, Music and words, Music, politics and society, Musical style
Oliver Soden discusses the historical context and inspiration behind Michael Tippett’s famous ‘modern oratorio’ A Child of our Time.