The big change in Thomas Adès' own emotional life is his relationship with Tal Rosner; they became civil partners at start of 2006. "It's nothing so banal as you get married and everything changes, but if you're truthful, then everything in life contributes to what you are, what you write," he says. "So maybe now I'm allowing certain feelings or spaces in one's soul or heart which before I wouldn't have recognised or even known were there. I do feel that sense of opening and completion, and all of these things have to be tied up with the music I write. But then, if you're an artist worth your salt, you're transforming all the time."
Tom Service interviewing Thomas Adès (photo above) in today's Guardian as the Berlin Philharmonic give the first performance of Adès' new orchestral work Tevot. Service is a fan, and describes: 'the sheer expressive impact the piece makes. Of any piece of new music I've heard at its premiere, this is one of the most immediately, richly powerful.'
Follow this link for video art by Adès' civil partner Tal Rosner to music by Stravinsky. But follow this one for another composer who was less lucky with his civil partnership.
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