Written in 1997 The Shadows of Time is a somber meditation on loss. The trigger to the composition was ticked off in 1995, on the half-century anniversary of the end of WWII and the discovery of the deportation by the Nazis to concentration camps of an entire orphanage of Jewish children.
The piece is rather short, around 20 mins, and composed of five “orchestral episodes” with evocative titles. An untitled interlude links the final two episodes. More information on Dutilleux himself can be found here.
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