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The Music and Thought of Michael Tippett
Modern Times and Metaphysics

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028844

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  • This multi-faceted study looks in detail at the music and thought of Michael Tippett. David Clarke shows how Tippett has roots in the nineteenth century and also reveals his connections with larger developments in Western cultural thinking. The book is made distinctive by its strong interdisciplinary element. It relates observations on the music to ideas in literature, philosophy and literary theory and addresses issues concerned with modernity and postmodernity. Tippett's homosexuality is also considered as a factor in his makeup as a composer.

    • It is interdisciplinary: musical, literary, philosophical-aesthetic and other theoretical narratives intertwine
    • It has elements of both 'old' and 'new' musicologies (e.g. music analysis, biographical data, and hermeneutic readings)
    • The last two chapters incorporate discussion of sexuality and gender
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A study by turns stimulating, challenging and inspiring.' International Record Review

    '… clearly defined studies of aspects of one or two works … rich and fascinating cultural and aesthetic interpretations … in terms of the weight of existing scholarship and the interpretative challenges surrounding these subjects, their achievements seem more remarkable for the high standards they have now set.' Journal of the Royal Musical Association

    'Clarke has much to offer in terms of a deeper appreciation of a number of existing concerns of Tippett scholarship. … Clarke's book represents a hugely significant move towards developing a clear cultural understanding of Tippett …'. Journal of the Royal Musical Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028844
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.577kg
    • contains: 2 tables 43 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    References to Tippett's scores and essays
    1. Tippett and the 'world vision' of modernity
    2. The significance of the concept 'image' in Tippett's musical thought: a perspective from Jung
    3. Back to Nietzsche? Transformations of the dionysiac in The Midsummer Marriage and King Priam
    4. Metaphysics in a cold climate: The Vision of Saint Augustine
    5. 'Shall we ...? Affirm!' The ironic and the sublime in The Mask of Time
    6. The meaning of 'lateness': mediations of work, self and society in Tippett's Triple Concerto
    7. The golden bird and the porcelain bowl: Byzantium and the politics of artefacts

  • Author

    David Clarke, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    David Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and is one of the leading commentators on the music of Tippett.

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