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Tippett, Sir Michael (1905-1998)  

Sir Michael Tippett

born: 2 January 1905
died: 8 January 1998
country: United Kingdom

Tippett’s music is a far cry from the diligent, pastel landscapes traditionally associated with English art. It is vivid, urgent, immediate. It has presence. There is no mediating veil between it, the music, and you, the listener. Such remarks are of course generalizations but they nevertheless hold good for everything Tippett wrote, from his first published works of the mid-1930s to his last of the early 1990s. All they conceal are the changes of style his music underwent during this long composing career, changes sometimes so radical that it is difficult to recognize the same composer in any two works. There are several reasons for this, such as Tippett’s natural ‘development’ or his responses to the rapid and shocking political upheavals of the twentieth century. The most important is the sheer inventiveness of a composer who was always fighting against the idea of doing the same thing twice.

from notes by Ian Kemp

Albums
'Tippett, Britten & Finzi: Songs' (CDA67459)
Tippett, Britten & Finzi: Songs
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'Tippett: Piano Concerto' (CDA67461/2)
Tippett: Piano Concerto
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'Tippett: Songs' (CDA66749)
Tippett: Songs
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'Canticles from St Paul's' (CDA68058)
Canticles from St Paul's
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'Britten, Finzi & Tippett: Songs' (CDA67459)
Britten, Finzi & Tippett: Songs
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'Children of our time' (CDA67575)
Children of our time
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'Finzi, Tippett & Britten: Songs' (CDA67459)
Finzi, Tippett & Britten: Songs
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'Songs to Shakespeare' (CDA66480)
Songs to Shakespeare
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 6' (CDA66826)
The English Anthem, Vol. 6
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'The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67643)
The Feast of Michaelmas at Westminster Abbey
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Across the plain  No 2 of Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
Ah! Thetis, mother, goddess, why come from the sea?  First line to By the sea, No 3 of Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
An Epithalamium (Wedding Song)  Act 5 of The Fairy Queen, Z629 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
Boyhood's End (Tippett)
By and by  No 4 of Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
By the sea  No 3 of Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
Come unto these yellow sands  No 1 of Songs for Ariel (Tippett)
Compassion  No 3 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
Deep river  No 5 of Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
Fantasia on a theme of Handel (Tippett)
Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
From silent shades and the Elysian groves  First line to Mad Bess, Z370 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
Full fathom five  No 2 of Songs for Ariel (Tippett)
Go down, Moses  No 3 of Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
He's in his grave and on his head  First line to The Dancer, No 4 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
I pant for the music which is divine  First line to Music (Tippett)
If music be the food of love, Z379a (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
In the tent  No 1 of Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace  First line to Nunc dimittis, Canticle 2 of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
Mad Bess, Z370 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
Music (Tippett)
My soul doth magnify the Lord  First line to Magnificat, Canticle 1 of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
Nobody knows  No 2 of Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
Nunc dimittis  Canticle 2 of Magnificat and Nunc dimittis 'Collegium Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense' (Tippett)
O never trust the heart's assurance  First line to The heart's assurance, No 2 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
O rich-soiled land, O land of Phthia  First line to In the tent, No 1 of Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
Oh journey-man, before this endless belt began  First line to Song, No 1 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
Patroclus whirls there across the plain  First line to Across the plain, No 2 of Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
Pausanias, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
Piano Concerto (Tippett)
Piano Sonata No 1 (Tippett)
Piano Sonata No 2 (Tippett)
Piano Sonata No 3 (Tippett)
Piano Sonata No 4 (Tippett)
Plebs angelica (Tippett)
Remember your lovers  No 5 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
She in the hurling night with lucid simple hands  First line to Compassion, No 3 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
Song  No 1 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
Songs for Achilles (Tippett)
Songs for Ariel (Tippett)
Steal away  No 1 of Five Negro Spirituals from 'A child of our time' (Tippett)
Sweeter than roses  Act 2 of Pausanias, the Betrayer of his Country, Z585 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
The Dancer  No 4 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
The Fairy Queen, Z629 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
The fatal hour comes on apace, Z421 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
Thrice happy lovers, may you be for ever free  First line to An Epithalamium (Wedding Song), Act 5 of The Fairy Queen, Z629 (Purcell/Tippett/Bergmann)
What, then, did I want?  First line to Boyhood's End (Tippett)
Where the bee sucks  No 3 of Songs for Ariel (Tippett)
Young men walking the open streets  First line to Remember your lovers, No 5 of The Heart's Assurance (Tippett)
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