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Michael Tippett : a bio-bibliography
Theil, Gordon.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwood Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xiii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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ML134.T5 T5 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An important new reference source for students of western musical culture, this volume directs the user to all pertinent, substantive, and accessible information concerning the life and works of Sir Michael Tippett, widely recognized as one of this century's most significant composers. The book is divided into four main sections: a biography, an annotated list of works and performances, a discography, and an extensive bibliography. Five appendices provide additional information for the researcher including a chronological list of compositions, a classified list of published compositions, honors and awards won by the composer, ballet and television productions, and resources available.

The brief biography which begins the volume provides a convenient source for basic factual information about Tippett's life. The works and performances section presents in one alphabetical sequence all known musical works by Tippett, including early unpublished compositions. Each citation includes information about year of composition, duration, genre, instrumentation, additional statements of responsibility, commissions and dedications, location of existing manuscripts, published editions, and a selected list of performances. The discography contains all known commercial recordings of Tippett's music along with information about performers, date and place of recording, and a chronological listing of all issues of the performance. Divided into three sections, the bibliography covers writings by Tippett, books and articles about Tippett, and reviews of his works culled from the Times (London), the New York Times, and a variety of major and local newspapers around the world. Taken as a whole, this is a masterful contribution to the reference works available on the great composers of the twentieth century.

Author Notes

GORDON THEIL is Music Librarian for technical services at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Choice Review

Theil's annotated bibliography contains more than 1,000 listings of books, articles, catalogs, dissertations, and other sources concerning Sir Michael Tippett and his music. It is a basic "reference work designed to direct users to all pertinent, substantive, and accessible information concerning the life and works of this composer" (pref.). The book is divided into four main sections: biography (9 pages), works and performances (83 items), discography (126 items), and the main bibliography (1,023 items). The annotations are generally brief but informative. Theil describes the biographical portion as purposely brief and nonevaluative because of the numerous biographies available. No book-length bibliography of Tippett's work has been presented until now, but shorter bibliographies may be found in Paul Andrews's "Sir Michael Tippett: A Bibliography" (Brio 15, no. 2, 1978), David Matthews's Michael Tippett (CH, Sep'80), and the exhibition catalog A Man of Our Time, Michael Tippett (London, 1977). Appendixes include a chronological list of compositions; a classified list of published compositions; honors and awards; ballet and television productions, and library and conference resources. The index is sparse--e.g., little subject searching is possible. Highly recommended both for extensive music collections and for small libraries wishing a single biographical/bibliographical source for Tippett. -R. L. Wick, University of Colorado at Denver

Table of Contents

Biography Works and Performances
Appendix I Chronological List of Compositions
Appendix II Classified List of Published Compositions
Appendix III Honors and Awards
Appendix IV Ballet and Television Productions
Appendix V Resources Index