Tippett Studies

Overview

Michael Tippett (1905-1998) was one of the major figures of British music in the twentieth century. This collection of studies is the first completely new, internationally available book on the composer to appear for over a decade and includes the thinking of established scholars and new commentators. Detailed analyses of individual works are counterpointed against critical investigations of contextual issues, such as the composer's relationship to the past, his 'Englishness', his fascination with ancient Greece ...
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Overview

Michael Tippett (1905-1998) was one of the major figures of British music in the twentieth century. This collection of studies is the first completely new, internationally available book on the composer to appear for over a decade and includes the thinking of established scholars and new commentators. Detailed analyses of individual works are counterpointed against critical investigations of contextual issues, such as the composer's relationship to the past, his 'Englishness', his fascination with ancient Greece and his pursuit of the visionary. The book covers all of Tippett's style-periods and many of the key genres within his oeuvre. What transpires is a rich portrait of an artist whose work reflects the century's triumphs and tragedies with particular intensity and who is upheld by younger generations of composers as a source of inspiration and example.
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'... a useful showcase of current Tippett scholarship ... a significant gesture to the future.' Tempo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521592055
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Cambridge Composer Studies Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
References to Tippett's scores and essays
1 'Only half rebelling': tonal strategies, folksong and 'Englishness' in Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra 1
2 From pastiche to free composition: R. O. Morris, Tippett and the development of pitch resources in the Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli 27
3 'Is there a choice at all?' King Priam and motives for analysis 55
4 Tippett's Second Symphony, Stravinsky and the language of neoclassicism: towards a critical framework 78
5 Tippett, sequence and metaphor 95
6 Tonal elements and their significance in Tippett's Sonata No. 3 for Piano 117
7 'Significant gestures to the past': formal processes and visionary moments in Tippett's Triple Concerto 145
8 Tippett's King Priam and 'the tragic vision' 166
9 Tippett at the millennium: a personal memoir 186
10 Decline or renewal in late Tippett? The Fifth String Quarter in perspective 200
App glossary of terms used in pitch-class set theory 223
Index 225
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