A ‘lost’ string quartet by Anthony Burgess will be given its first performance on 1 December, as part of a special commemorative concert which showcases his writing for strings, male voice and chamber ensemble.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Burgess’s death, the string quartet will receive its premiere at the Burgess Foundation in Manchester, on Friday 1 December at 7:30 pm.
The quartet, whose existence was not known until a few months ago, has been discovered among uncatalogued papers in the archive of the Burgess Foundation. We are pleased to be presenting this work in a concert which also features a quartet by Beethoven, one of Burgess’s favourite composers.
The programme also includes ‘Man Who Has Come Through’, a song cycle based on four late poems by D.H. Lawrence, set by Burgess for tenor and chamber ensemble in 1985. The song cycle, originally composed as part of the Lawrence centenary celebrations, has been performed in Nottingham and Edinburgh. This will be its Manchester premiere.
Beethoven’s famous late String Quartet in F major, opus no. 135, completes the programme for the evening.
We look forward to welcoming friends and supporters to what promises to be a memorable event.