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Sir Michael Tippett

(1905—1998) composer


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(1905–1998).

Composer. Of Cornish stock, hence his Celtic temperament, Tippett studied at the Royal School of Music. Disillusioned by the realities of the First World War, he turned to socialism, then pacifism (a conscientious objector in the Second World War, briefly imprisoned 1943). Tippett's own music was initially conservative, but he soon developed a strongly personal idiom based on complex rhythms and long lyrical phrases; to symphonies and chamber music were added oratorio (A Child of Our Time, 1941) and operas with his own librettos (The Midsummer Marriage, King Priam, The Knot Garden).

Subjects: Music.


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