Michael Tippett

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composer

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett (1905–1998) was an English composer. In his long career he produced a large body of work, including five operas, three large-scale choral works, four symphonies, five string quartets, four piano sonatas, concertos and concertante works, song cycles and incidental music. The works for which he is best known are the Concerto for Double String Orchestra, the oratorio A Child of our Time and the Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli.

His deeply-held humanitarian and pacifist beliefs shaped both his life and his music: he served a prison sentence as a conscientious objector in the Second World War. An interest in many aspects of contemporary culture is reflected in his music and writings. Tippett was one of the first openly gay composers to explore issues of sexuality in his work. The libretti of his operas, which he wrote himself, attracted criticism for their apparent naivety and use of contemporary slang, as well as for their sometimes obscure extra-musical references. He had a keen interest in musical education and in later life was active as a broadcaster and lecturer. As a conductor he recorded many of his own works. He is generally acknowledged to be one of the most important British composers of the 20th century.

Performances

Double Trouble
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | January 22, 2011

News and Press

[Concert Review] A Double Dose of BMOP
For classical music nerds, the term 'Double Concerto' might likely bring to mind Vivaldi‘s many works for pairs of violins or other instruments, or for the more romantically-inclined, Brahms' Double Concerto for violin and cello. But there are many examples in the 20th and 21st centuries as well, for all kinds of instrument combinations. Last Friday night, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project gave a diverse sampling of the genre entitled Double Trouble, featuring four works composed between 1938 and 2010.
Miss Music Nerd Full review