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TIPPETT, (Sir) Michael
b London, 2 January 1905
d 8 January 1998

He studied composition at the Royal College of Music. After a few years as a school teacher he retreated to a small village in Surrey to compose. In 1940 he was appointed director of music at Morley College. He withdrew or destroyed all his compositions written before 1935, deeming them unworthy. His pacifist convictions resulted in his being imprisoned for three months in 1943. In 1951 he left Morley College, and apart from lecturing and broadcasting has since devoted himself solely to writing. He is a CBE and has been honoured with doctorates by several universities. He was knighted in 1966 and made a Companion of Honour in 1979.

1934-5 (29-30)

String Quartet No 1 in A major (revised 1943)

1936-7 (31-2)

Piano Sonata (revised 1942)

1937 (32)

A Song of Liberty

1938-9 (33-4)

Concerto for double string orchestra

1939-41 (34-6)

A Child of Our Time, oratorio

Fantasia on a Theme by Handel, for piano and orchestra

1941-2 (36-7)

String Quartet No 2

1942 (37)

The Source and The Windhover, madrigals

1943 (38)

Boyhood's End, song cycle

Plebs angelica, motet for double chorus

1944 (39)

Symphony No 1 (1944-5)

The Weeping Babe, motet for soprano solo and chorus

1945-6 (40-1)

String Quartet No 3

1946 (41)

Little Music, for strings

1947-52 (42-8)

The Midsummer Marriage, opera

1948 (43)

Suite in D major

1950-1 (45-6)

Heart's Assurance, song cycle for high voice and piano

1952 (47)

Dance Clarion Air, madrigal

1953 (48)

Fantasia Concertante on a Theme by Corelli, for strings

Divertimento for chamber orchestra, Sellingers Round (1953)

Piano Concerto (1953-5)

1955 (50)

Sonata for four horns

1956-7 (51-2)

Symphony No 2

1958 (53)

King Priam, opera (1958-61)

Crown of the Year, for chorus and orchestra

Prelude, Recitative and Aria, for flute, oboe and harpsichord

1961 (56)

Three Songs for Achilles, for voice and guitar

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

1962 (57)

Concerto for orchestra (1962-3)

Praeludium, for brass, bells and percussion

Piano Sonata No 2, in one movement

Songs for Ariel

1965 (60)

Vision of St Augustine, for baritone, choir and orchestra

The Shires Suite, for choir and orchestra (1965-70)

1966-70 (61-5)

The Knot Garden, opera

1970 (65)

Symphony No 3, with soprano soloist (1970-2)

Songs for Dov, for tenor solo and small orchestra

1972-3 (67-8)

Piano Sonata No 3

1973-6 (68-71)

The Ice Break, opera

1976-7 (712)

Symphony No 4

1977-8 (72-3)

String Quartet No 4

1978-9 (73 4)

Triple Concerto, for violin, viola, cello and orchestra

1980 (75)

Wolf Trap Fanfare, for three trumpets, two trombones and tuba

1980-3 (75-8)

The Mask of Time, for soli, chorus and orchestra

1983 (78)

Festal Brass with Blues, for brass ensemble

See also MusicWeb Tippett page
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