Elisabeth Lutyens House composer

Outstanding among her pieces for mixed ensemble with voice isĀ The Valley of Hatsu-Se. This work is typical of the best of her music in its ability to discover a technique and stylistic expression specific to the task in hand-in this case the setting of early Japanese poems in the original language-and in its success in suggesting a deliberate atmospheric colour (through subtle harmonic, melodic and rhythmic characterizations) without ever resorting to pastiche.

Susan Bradshaw, 1974