Burgess at the Theatre Princesse Grace [Princess Grace Theatre] in Monaco on the occasion of a concert by the Aïghetta Quartet (presumably of Burgess's music).

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3104 AB/ARCH/F/1/4
  • Former Reference
      GB 3104 4.6 (AB.P.4.143); 4.7 (AB.P.4.140); 4.8 (AB.P.4.141); 4.10 (AB.P.4.148); 4.11 (AB.P.4.147(; 4.13 (AB.P.4.144); 4.14. (AB.P.4.145); 4.15 (AB.P.4.146); 4.16 (AB.P.4.137); 4.17 (AB.P.4.138); 4.18 (AB.P.4.139); AB.P.4.142
  • Dates of Creation
      c.1987
  • Physical Description
      12 photographic prints. Dimensions (inches): 6x4. [Colour]

Scope and Content

Images include:

1) close-ups of Burgess outside the theatre;

2) Burgess and the Aïghetta Quartet (with guitars) outside the theatre;

3) Burgess and the Aïghetta Quartet (with guitars) on stage.

Photographer: D. ZINTZMEYER

Administrative / Biographical History

Burgess moved to Monaco with his wife, Liana, and their son, Andrew, in the summer of 1975.

According to Paul Phillips in A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess, Burgess met Philippe Loli in Monaco in 1986 and engaged him to give his wife, Liana, guitar lessons. Burgess subsequently learnt of the Aïghetta Quartet, an ensemble founded in Monte Carlo in 1979 by Loli, Andrew-Michel Berthoux, Alexandre Del Pa, and François Szönyi, and he offered to compose a work for the ensemble. Loli accepted Burgess's offer and Burgess completed his first guitar quartet, the Quatour (No. 1) pour Guitares, on Easter Sunday 1986.

The premiere performance of Burgess's Quatour No. 1 (by the Aïghetta Quartet) took place in January 1987 at the Académie Rainier III in Monaco.