Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)

The Mask of Time (1980 -1982)

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone, choir and orchestra

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1980 - 1982
    • Duration : 1 h 35 mn
    • Publisher : Schott
    • Commission: Boston Symphony Orchestra
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Textes et compilation de Sir Michael Tippett.

Detailed formation
  • soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, mixed choir, 3 flutes (also 1 piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, 6 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussionist, piano, electric organ, harp, strings

Premiere information

  • Date : 5 April 1984
    Location :

    États-Unis, Boston, Symphony Hall


    Performers :

    Faye Robinson (soprano), Yvonne Minton (mezzo), Robert Tear (ténor), John Cheek (baryton), Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, direction : Sir Colin Davis.