Nick Roth Music

The Waste Land (2015)

for four voices, jazz quintet and film

The Waste Land is widely regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century. Whilst it loosely follows the legend of the Holy Grail and the Fisher King, it also alludes to a vast range of world literature, music and popular culture, evidence of T.S. Eliot's great breadth of interests and knowledge.

Composed for four actors, film and jazz quintet and directed by Adrian Dunbar, the piece was commissioned by the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2015, created with the permission of the T. S. Eliot Estate, supported by Faber & Faber, and becoming the first authorised setting of the poem in its 100 year history.