Patrick O’Connor

A Knotty Composer

The Selected Letters of Michael Tippett


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The centenary of Michael Tippett’s birth this year has prompted many concerts, revivals of at least three of his operas, and grumbling attempts by some critics at a reassessment of his music. It is far too soon for this, since Tippett died only in 1998 and was still active until a couple of years before then, his last major work, The Rose Lake, having been given its premiere in February 1995.

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