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The Music of Britten and Tippett : Studies in Themes and Techniques - Arnold Whittall

The Music of Britten and Tippett

Studies in Themes and Techniques

Paperback Published: 19th November 1990
ISBN: 9780521386685
Number Of Pages: 332

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In this classic study of Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett, Arnold Whittall builds up a unique double portrait of the two leading composers of their generation. For this second, revised edition Whittall includes a new chapter on Tippett's major works of the 1980s: the Piano Sonata No. 4, the large-scale choral composition The Mask of Time and the most recent opera, New Year. In addition, new information on the Britten repertoire and an updated bibliography are also presented.

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'Arnold Whittall's brilliant technical book on the music of Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett is really two books for the price on one.' Opera Quarterly 'This is an important book, enriching with far more exact substance than had so far been essayed the common view of these two composers as talents in many ways complementary.' Music and Letters '[Whittall's] book contains the most substantial writing on Tippett so far, while on Britten he provides an essential complement to Peter Evans's major study.' The Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prologuep. 1
The Thirties and the War
Britten: Four early works (1931-3)p. 13
Tippett: String Quartet No. 1, Piano Sonata No. 1 (1934-7)p. 31
Britten: Our Hunting Fathers to the Violin Concerto (1936-9)p. 36
Tippett in 1939: The Concerto for Double String Orchestrap. 51
Britten in America: 1939-42p. 58
Tippett: An oratorio, a string quartet and a cantata (1939-43)p. 70
Britten's return: 1942-3p. 80
Tippett and symphonic form (1944-6)p. 84
Postscript: The Britten legacyp. 93
After the War (1944-63)
Britten: Peter Grimes (1944-5)p. 95
Britten: The Donne Sonnets and the String Quartet No. 2 (1945)p. 103
Britten: The Rape of Lucretia and Albert Herring (1946-7)p. 112
Britten: From Albert Herring to Billy Budd (1947-51)p. 122
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage (1946-52)p. 131
Britten: From Canticle II to Winter Words (1952-3)p. 144
Tippett: From the Corelli Fantasia to the Piano Concerto (1953-5)p. 153
Britten: The Turn of the Screw to Noye's Fludde (1953-7)p. 158
Tippett: Symphony No. 2 (1956-7)p. 166
Britten: The Nocturne to the War Requiem (1958-61)p. 170
Tippett: King Priam (1958-61)p. 184
Tippett: After King Priam (1962-3)p. 193
Patterns of Transformation (1963-80)
Britten: The Cello Symphony and Curlew River (1963-4)p. 201
Tippett: The Vision of Saint Augustine (1963-5)p. 214
Britten: Blake, Pushkin and the second Church Parable (1965-6)p. 220
Britten: From The Prodigal Son to Who are these children? (1967-9)p. 232
Tippett: The Knot Garden and Songs for Dov (1966-70)p. 240
Britten: From Owen Wingrave to Death in Venice (1970-3)p. 249
Tippett: Symphony No. 3, Piano Sonata No. 3 (1970-3)p. 264
Britten: The final compositions (1974-6)p. 272
Tippett: The Ice Break, and after (1973-80)p. 284
Tippett: Into the eighties (1980-9)p. 298
Epiloguep. 309
Notesp. 312
Further readingp. 318
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780521386685
ISBN-10: 0521386683
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 19th November 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.09  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2

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