Sir Michael Kemp Tippett(1905-1998), Composer
Sitter in 25 portraits
Tippett attended the Royal College of Music (1923-1928), and was recognised as one of Britain's leading composers with the premiere of his three-part oratorio A Child of our Time, at the Adelphi Theatre in 1944. He enjoyed a long career, composing choral works, symphonies, concertos, string quartets and operas; finding inspiration in Beethoven, Elizabethan madrigals, folk, jazz and blues. In the early 1940s, while director of music at Morley College, he became friends with Britten and Pears, going on to write Boyhood's End for them in 1943. Tippett composed a total of six operas, including the greatly successful King Priam (1962). Appointed a CBE in 1959, he was knighted in 1966.
by Central Press
vintage print, 18 July 1957
- Sydney Gordon Tippett (uncle)
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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.
- Artists and sitters
- Only Connect - Sir Michael Tippett <> Priaulx Rainier
- Only Connect - Sir Michael Tippett <> Ludwig van Beethoven
- Only Connect - Sir Michael Tippett <> Barbara Hepworth
- Only Connect - Sir Michael Tippett <> T.S. Eliot
- Only Connect
- Only Connect - installation video
- Bill Brandt: Portraits 1982
- Handlist of names in the Reference Collection