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Sir Michael Tippett

Michael Tippett

(Born; London, 2 Jan 1905)died 1998. English composer. He studied with C. Wood and Kitson at the RCM (1923-8), then settled in Oxted, Surrey, where he taught, conducted a choir and began to compose. However, dissatisfaction with his technique led him to take further lessons with Morris (1930-32), and he published nothing until he was into his mid-30s. By then he was conducting at Morley College, of which he became music director in 1940; there he performed his oratorio A Child of our Time (1941), which uses a story of Nazi atrocity but draws no simple moral from it, concluding rather that we must recognize within ourselves both good and evil. Earlier works, like the String Quartet no.1 and the Concerto for double string orchestra, had married Stravinskian neo-classicism with a bounding rhythm that came from the English madrigal, but the oratorio added to these a Baroque concept of form and black spirituals to replace the chorales of a Protestant Passion. It also made clear Tippett's willingness to exert himself in the public world, which he did again as a conscientious objector in 1943 in accepting imprisonment rather than conscription.

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Michael Tippett : 5 Negro Spirituals : SSAATTBB : 01 Songbook : Michael Tippett : 073999654066 : 49002426

Michael Tippett : 5 Negro Spirituals

Review: These arrangements of the Five Spirituals grew from the arranger's desire to see a larger and more interesting repertoire for mixed choruses, and were created with the approval of Tippett's biographer and execture, Merion Bowen. Whilst the spirituals suit mixed choruses of various sizes and remain as 'basically simple' as the originals, there are several musical challenges in the arrangements.

Songlist: Steal Away, Nobody Knows, Go Down Moses, By And By, Deep River

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8770b | Songbook $10.95 | SSAATTBB add item to cart Arrangements for 8 Parts


Michael Tippett : Five Spirituals from 'A Child of Our Time' : TTBB : 01 Songbook : Michael Tippett : 884088026899 : 49012962

Michael Tippett : Five Spirituals from 'A Child of Our Time'

Review: These arrangements of the Five Spirituals grew from the arranger's desire to see a larger and more interesting repertoire for male choruses, and were created with the approval of Tippett's biographer and execture, Merion Bowen. Whilst the spirituals suit male choruses of various sizes and remain as 'basically simple' as the originals, there are several musical challenges in the arrangements.

Songlist: Steal Away, Nobody Knows, Go Down Moses, By And By, Deep River

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9137b | Songbook $9.95 | TTBB add item to cart Spirituals Arrangements


BBC Singers : Choral Images - Sir Michael Tippett : 00  1 CD : Stephen Cleobury : Michael Tippett : 092

BBC Singers : Choral Images - Sir Michael Tippett

Review: When Sir Michael Tippett first worked with the BBC Singers in 1944, the experience was such that he recalled nearly 50 years later that "It was to be the first of many such occasions when a composer's dreams were brought to fulfillment." Tippett's relationship with the BBC Singers went back to almost the beginning of his career, and he often expressed intense admiration for them. His faith is rewarded here. Now under the Conductor Laureate, Stephen Cleobury, the present-day BBC Singers return the compliment with this program of his works for choir, both unaccompanied and with organ. The plaintive high solo of the Nunc Dimittis, floating above strange middle-range harmonies, soars worlds away from cosy Anglican convention. The 'sprung' rhythms of Dance Clarion Air and The Windhover have a muscular freedom unlike anything in contemporary English music. The strangely irregular figures Tipett waves around the tune in Over the Sea to Skye may seem over-ingenious at first, but by the end their quite hypnotic, at the same time challenging the ear to re-examine a very familiar melody.

Songlist: Dance, Clarion Air, Plebs Angelica, Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Unto The Hills, England: Early One Morning, Ireland: Lilliburlero, Scotland: Poortith Cauld, Wales: Gwenlian, Over The Sea To Skye, The Source, The Windhover, Lullaby, Steal Away, Nobody Knows, Go Down, Moses, By and by, Deep River

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8861c | 1 CD $15.95 add item to cart English Choral CDs

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Deep RiverMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Deep RiverMichael TippettSchola Cantorum of OxfordChildren of Our Time 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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Deep River (from A Child of Our Time)Michael TippettAmerican BoychoirAmerican Songfest 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
England: Early One MorningMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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Go Down MosesMichael TippettMichael Tippett5 Negro SpiritualsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Go Down, MosesMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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Ireland: LilliburleroMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
LullabyMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
MagnificatMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Nobody KnowsMichael TippettMichael TippettFive Spirituals from 'A Child of Our Time'SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Nobody KnowsMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Nobody KnowsMichael TippettSchola Cantorum of OxfordChildren of Our Time 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Nobody KnowsMichael TippettMichael Tippett5 Negro SpiritualsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Nobody Knows (from A Child of Our Time)Michael TippettAmerican BoychoirAmerican Songfest 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Nunc DimittisMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Over The Sea To SkyeMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Plebs AngelicaMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Scotland: Poortith CauldMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Steal AwayMichael TippettMichael TippettFive Spirituals from 'A Child of Our Time'SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Steal AwayMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Steal AwayMichael TippettSchola Cantorum of OxfordChildren of Our Time 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Steal AwayMichael TippettMichael Tippett5 Negro SpiritualsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Steal Away (from A Child of Our Time)Michael TippettOxford New College ChoirCopland and His American Contemporaries 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Steal Away (from A Child of Our Time)Michael TippettAmerican BoychoirAmerican Songfest 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The SourceMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The WindhoverMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Unto The HillsMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Wales: GwenlianMichael TippettBBC SingersChoral Images - Sir Michael Tippett 1 CDMORE DETAILS 


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