The Music of Britten and Tippett: Studies in Themes and Techniques / Edition 2

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In this classic study of Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett, Arnold Whittall builds up a unique double portrait of the two leading composers of their generation. For this second, revised edition Whittall includes a new chapter on Tippett's major works of the 1980s: the Piano Sonata No. 4, the large-scale choral composition The Mask of Time and the most recent opera, New Year. In addition, new information on the Britten repertoire and an updated bibliography are also presented.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Arnold Whittall's brilliant technical book on the music of Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett is really two books for the price of one." Opera Quarterly

"[Whittall's] book contains the most substantial writing on Tippett so far, while on Britten he provides an essential complement to Peter Evan's major study." Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521386685
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prologue; Part I. The Thirties and the War: 1. Britten: Four early works (1931–3); 2. Tippett: String quartet No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 1 (1934–7); 3. Britten: Our Hunting Fathers to the Violin Concerto (1936–9); 4. Tippett in 1939: the Concerto for Double String Orchestra; 5. Britten in America: 1939–42; 6. Tippett: an oratorio, a string quartet and a cantata (1939–43); 7. Britten's return: 1942–3; 8. Tippett and symphonic form (1944–6); Postscript: the Britten legacy; Part II. After the War (1944–63): 9. Britten: Peter Grimes (1944–5); 10. Britten: the Donne Sonnets and the String Quartet No. 2 (1945); 11. Britten: The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring (1946–7); 12. Britten: from Albert Herring to Billy Budd (1947-51); 13. Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage (1946–52); 14. Britten: from Canticle II to Winter Words (1952–3); 15. Tippett: from the Corelli Fantasia to the Piano Concerto (1953-5); 16. Britten: The Turn of the Screw to Noye's Fludde (1953–7); 17. Tippett: Symphony No. 2 (1956–7); 18. Britten: the Nocturne to the War Requiem (1958–61); 19. Tippett: King Priam (1958–61); 20. Tippett: after King Priam (1962–3); Part III. Patterns of Transformation (1963–80): 21. Britten: The Cello Symphony and Curlew River (1963–4); 22. Tippett: The Vision of Saint Augustine (1963–5); 23. Britten: Blake, Pushkin and the second Church Parable (1965-6); 24. Britten: from The Prodigal Son to Who are these children? (1967–9); 25. Tippett: The Knot Garden and Songs for Dov (1966–70); 26. Britten: From Owen Wingrave to Death in Venice (1970-3); 27. Tippett: Symphony No. 3, Piano Sonata No. 3 (1970–3); 28. Britten: the final compositions (1974–6); 29. Tippett: The Ice Break, and after (1973–80); 30. Tippett: Into the eighties (1980–9); Epilogue; Notes; Further reading; Index.

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