Michael Tippett: Music and Literature

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"The essays that make up this volume are specially commissioned interpretations of the relationships between music and literature that permeate and characterize Tippett's music and his writings. Indeed, the first chapter in the volume is Tippett's own essay 'The relation of autobiographical experience to the created work of art', which guides the reader through his literary loves. Edward Venn follows this with an essay that surveys Tippett's main literary writings and the insights these offer into his other creative work." "Discussion then turns to the music, with Sean Flanagan's research into the development of Tippett's musical borrowings. Suzanne Robinson and Rowena Harrison take a different approach, with an analysis of the intertextuality of the texts of A Child of Our Time and King Priam. Barbara Docherty examines the technical processes involved in the conjoining of words and music in The Heart's Assurance, while Arnold Whittall discusses music's ultimate transcendence." Other facets of Tippett's career are explored by Lewis Foreman and Suzanne Cole. Foreman's essay details the composer's persistent courtship of the BBC, while Suzanne Cole discusses Tippett's time as Director of Music at Morley College. The volume concludes with an investigation by Meinhard Saremba of the reception of Tippett's music in Germany.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754601326
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Series: Music and Literature Series
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of music examples
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 The relation of autobiographical experience to the created work of art 20
2 Idealism and ideology in Tippett's writings 35
3 Kinship and commentary: Beethoven and Tippett's unpublished Quartet in F minor 60
4 From agitprop to parable: a prolegomenon to A Child of Our Time 78
5 Forging a relationship and a role: Michael Tippett and the BBC, 1928-51 122
6 'Musical trail-blazing and general daring': Michael Tippett, Morley College and early music 151
7 Transcending song: Tippett's play with genre in vocal composition 174
8 The Heart's Assurance: Tippett's 'War Requiem'? 199
9 Homeric resonance: King Priam and the Iliad 215
10 The reception of British music in Germany: the case of Sir Michael Tippett 235
Index 253
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