The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Sir Michael Tippett is widely considered to be one of the most individual composers of the twentieth century, whose music continues to be performed to critical acclaim throughout the world. Written by a team of international scholars, this Companion provides a wide ranging and accessible study of Tippett and his works. It discusses the contexts and concepts of modernism, tradition, politics, sexuality and creativity that shaped Tippett's music and ideas, engaging with archive materials, relevant literature and models of interpretation. Chapters explore the genres in which Tippett composed, including opera, symphony, string quartet, concerto and piano sonata, to shed new light on his major works and draw attention to those that have not yet received the attention they deserve. Directing knowledge and expertise towards a wide readership, this book will enrich the listening experience and broaden understanding of the music of this endlessly fascinating and challenging composer.

Table of Contents

Chronology of Tippett's life and career
Contexts and Concepts
Tippett and twentieth-century polarities
Tippett and the English traditions
'Things that chiefly interest ME': Tippett and early music
Tippett and politics: the 1930s and beyond
'Coming out to oneself': encodings of homosexual identity from the first string quartet to The Heart's Assurance
Between image and imagination: Tippett's creative process
Works and Genres
Tippett's 'great divide': before and after King Priam
'Symphonic music in our modern times': Tippett and the symphony
Tippett and the concerto: from double to triple
The four piano sonatas: past and present tensions
Formal archetypes, revered masters and singing nightingales: Tippett's string quartets
Tippett's operatic world: from The Midsummer Marriage to New Year
Words and music
Chronological list of works
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