Collection RC0675 - Michael Tippett collection

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Michael Tippett collection

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  • 1947-1955 (Creation)

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31 items

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Michael Tippett, composer and conductor, was born in London on 2 January 1905. He was educated at the Royal College of Music. In 1933 Tippett was asked to conduct what became the South London (Morley College) Orchestra. He later became the director of music at Morley College. In 1951 he resigned from the college to do broadcasting for the British Broadcasting Corporation, a job which allowed him more time for composition. From 1969 to 1974 he was director of the Bath Festival. He was knighted in 1966. Tippett composed works for the stage, including operas, choral, orchestral, chamber and instrumental music. He died 8 January 1998.

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The collection consists of 31 letters to Edward Sackville-West (1901-1965), mainly concerning Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage. There is a great deal on the production itself, music problems, and his ideas for casting the roles. Tippett's other compositions are not neglected, and there are references to his Piano Concerto, Child Of Our Time, Variations on a theme of Corellie, and The Heart's Assurance. There is much comment on the general problems of composition.

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Collection was purchased from Bertram Rota in March 1983.


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