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Michael Tippett : the biography / Oliver Soden.

Author/Creator:
Soden, Oliver author.
Publication:
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019. , ©2019
Format/Description:
Book
750 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Composers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Composers.
Tippett, Michael, 1905-1998.
Tippett, Michael, 1905-1998.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
Summary:
"The music of the British composer Michael Tippett--including the oratorio A Child of Our Time, five operas, and four symphonies--is among the most visionary of the twentieth century. But little has been written about his extraordinary life. In this long-awaited first biography, Oliver Soden weaves a century-spanning narrative of epic scope and penetrating insight. Soden has discovered troves of unpublished letters and manuscripts, and recorded moving interviews with Tippett's friends and colleagues. He paints a portrait of a powerful intellect and infectious personality : charming, stubborn, and great fun. But he also uncovers the sorrows and secrets that Tippett stowed away beneath his cheerfulness, not least the darker reaches of some tempestuous and often tragic love affairs. Soden's achievement is to have enriched our understanding not only of Tippett but of his times"--From publisher description, book jacket.
Contents:
Part One : A childhood, far away and long ago, 1905-1923. Overture: a ringing of bells. 1. Henry and Isabel
2. A Suffolk childhood
3. The Great War
- 4. No longer a virgin
5. Four horsemen
Diary: Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Edinburgh
Part Two : Wanderer, 1923-1934. 6. Royal College of Music
7. Macaroni-cheese and stewed rhubarb
8. The Beggar's Opera
9. To rob the rich, to feed the poor
Diary : Glasgow, North Yorkshire
Part three : Songs of Liberty, 1934-1939. 10. Machine gun
11. 1935
12. The grim nut of fire
13. They shall not pass
14. The world turns on its dark side
Diary : Manchester, London
Part Four : War, 1939-1945. 15. Pacifist
16. Conchie
17. Prisoner
18. Survivor
Diary : Suffolk
Part Five : Peace, 1945-1962. 19. The wonderful truth of Overness
20. Off the hook, on the air, in the air
21. A continuous high pressure of creation
22. Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
23. Equal to all reasonable demands
24. Unexpected flowering
Diary : London
Part Six : The curtain rises, 1962-1977. 25. A timeless music played in time
26. O my America!
27. Seven characters in search of an opera
28. Freeze and thaw
Diary : Birmingham
Part Seven : New Years, Last Songs, 1977-1998. 29. Breath
30. Sound
31. The lake
Diary : London
Epilogue
Cast list
List of works by Michael Tippett
Recordings.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [711]-726) and index.
Other format:
ebook version :
ISBN:
1474606024
9781474606028
9781474606042 (ePub ebook)
OCLC:
982437718
Publisher Number:
99980840514
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