The Intimacy of Affection

McGarr, Peter

About the work

‘The Intimacy of Affection’ touches on various aspects from the life and art of L.S.Lowry. It ranges from remembered childhood holidays to his fascination with the enigmatic figure of Ann, through to an evocation of one of his most powerful works, ‘The Pond’. The centre-point of the piece is an archive recording of Bessie Swindles, Lowry’s housekeeper for 22 years, as she recalls the last days of Lowry’s life. The title ‘The Intimacy of Affection’ comes from an early review of Lowry’s work and was written by Bernard Taylor in 1921 for the Manchester Guardian.

First performance: Tate Gallery, Liverpool 2002, CoMA

Technical notes

Can be performed by a minimum of 12 players in 3 pitch-range groups + piano + percussion


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score & parts


Sample score



1m 50s




Large Ensemble


fl, ob, sax, cl, bn, brass, strings, pf, kbd, perc, 2 CDs, mouth organs and jews harps
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