Sir Michael Tippett
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1905-01-02
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Sir Michael Tippett

Biography

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary Benjamin ...

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Biography

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary Benjamin Britten as one of the leading British composers of the 20th century. Among his best-known works are the oratorio A Child of Our Time, the orchestral Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, and the opera The Midsummer Marriage.

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The Blue Guitar Sonata for Solo Guitar (1983): II Juggling
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The Blue Guitar Sonata for Solo Guitar (1983): II Juggling
Sir Michael Tippett
Presto movement from Sting Quartet No.2
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Presto movement from Sting Quartet No.2
Sir Michael Tippett
Five Negro Spirituals from the oratorio "A Child of our Time"
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Five Negro Spirituals from the oratorio "A Child of our Time"
Sir Michael Tippett
String Quartet no.2, 3rd mvt: Presto
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String Quartet no.2, 3rd mvt: Presto
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String Quartet No 3 (Allegro molto e con brio)
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String Quartet No 3 (Allegro molto e con brio)
Sir Michael Tippett
The Ice Break (Act 3: Who holds me tight around the waist?)
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The Ice Break (Act 3: Who holds me tight around the waist?)
Sir Michael Tippett
Symphony No.4 (in one movement)
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Symphony No.4 (in one movement)
Sir Michael Tippett
Piano Sonata No.4
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Piano Sonata No.4
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Symphony No.2
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Symphony No.2
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Dance, clarion air - madrigal for 5-part chorus
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Dance, clarion air - madrigal for 5-part chorus
Sir Michael Tippett
Little Music for Strings, last movement
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Little Music for Strings, last movement
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Over the sea to Skye for SATB choir
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Over the sea to Skye for SATB choir
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5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time'..., no.1; Steal away to Jesus
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5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time'..., no.1; Steal away to Jesus
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Steal Away (A Child of Our Time)
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Steal Away (A Child of Our Time)
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Go Down, Moses (A Child of Our Time)
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Go Down, Moses (A Child of Our Time)
Sir Michael Tippett
Five Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' for chorus
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Five Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' for chorus
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Byzantium
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Byzantium
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4 Songs from the British Isles, arr. for chorus: no.1; Early one morning
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4 Songs from the British Isles, arr. for chorus: no.1; Early one morning
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5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time'..., no.5; Deep river, my home is over...
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5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time'..., no.5; Deep river, my home is over...
Michael Copley
5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' arr. for chorus [complete]
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5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' arr. for chorus [complete]

5 Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' arr. for chorus [complete]

Performer
Michael Copley
John Anderson
Anthony Lewis
Colin Lawson
Ivo-Jan van der Werff
Martin Westlake
Paul Robertson
Evelyn Nallen
Peter Hamburger
David Matthews
Jeremy Cornes
Martin Jones
Graham Ashton
Maurice Hodges
Choir
Christ Church Cathedral Choir
Ensemble
Medici Quartet
Sir Michael Tippett
The Ice break - opera in 3 acts
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The Ice break - opera in 3 acts
Sir Michael Tippett
The Ice break - opera in 3 acts
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The Ice break - opera in 3 acts
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Over the Sea to Skye - from Choral Images
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Over the Sea to Skye - from Choral Images
Sir Michael Tippett
Divertimento on Sellinger's Round - A Lament
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Divertimento on Sellinger's Round - A Lament
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Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
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Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
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Spirituals (no. 2: Nobody Knows & no. 3: Go Down Moses)
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Spirituals (no. 2: Nobody Knows & no. 3: Go Down Moses)
Sir Michael Tippett
Spirituals (no. 1: Steal Away)
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Spirituals (no. 1: Steal Away)
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A Child of Our Time: Deep River
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A Child of Our Time: Deep River
Sir Michael Tippett
Ritual dances from 'The midsummer marriage'..: The air in spring; Fire in summer
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Ritual dances from 'The midsummer marriage'..: The air in spring; Fire in summer
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Sir Michael Tippett Biography

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary Benjamin Britten as one of the leading British composers of the 20th century. Among his best-known works are the oratorio A Child of Our Time, the orchestral Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, and the opera The Midsummer Marriage.

Tippett's talent developed slowly. He withdrew or destroyed his earliest compositions, and was 30 before any of his works were published. Until the mid-to-late 1950s his music was broadly lyrical in character, before changing to a more astringent and experimental style. New influences, including those of jazz and blues after his first visit to America in 1965, became increasingly evident in his compositions. While Tippett's stature with the public continued to grow, not all critics approved of these changes in style, some believing that the quality of his work suffered as a consequence. From around 1976 Tippett's late works began to reflect the works of his youth through a return to lyricism. Although he was much honoured in his lifetime, critical judgement on Tippett's legacy has been uneven, the greatest praise being generally reserved for his earlier works. His centenary in 2005 was a muted affair; apart from the few best-known works, his music has been performed infrequently in the 21st century.

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