Tippett Studies
Last updated: 17.12.19
Printed: 1999 Author: David Clarke
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 0521592054
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Hardcover (May 1999)
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Michael Tippett (1905-1998) was one of the major figures of British music in the 20th century. These essays encompass a range of genres and style periods. It covers technical discussion focused on individual works and wider questions of context - the "external" factors that shaped the composer's musical production such as his relationship to the past, his fascination with ancient Greece and his pursuit of the transcendent. What emerges from the book is a portrait of a composer whose work reflects the century's triumphs and tragedies with particular intensity and who, at the end of his composing career, was increasingly acknowledged by younger composers as a major influence and example.