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Early Tippett

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« on: February 03, 2018, 02:30:39 am »

I was hoping for an early version of the Concerto for Double String Orchestra, and of course was disappointed.

But I do think that this is a fascinating symphony. It is very Sibelian, and most of the obvious references are to the Sibelius Symphony No.1 (except the ending, which is Sibelius 3). However, although the material is early Sibelius, the method is mid Sibelius (3 onwards) and the Symphony does have that fascinating mid-Sibelian-owards symphonic movement that doesn't seem to be moving. I found the whole very satisfying, the dramatic first movement, slow movement/intermezzo and the finale which managed to have lots of slow passages but maintain momentum. The landscapes weren't Finnish, I don't know what landscapes Tippett was familiar with in the 1930s and earlier, but I got East Anglian salt marshes and beaches in the middle and last movements, which is a small way towards Finland.

I think that Tippett was right to suppress it when he did because it isn't like the rest of his works and we have a prejudice against composers writing in the style of other composers, but the Tippett estate was wrong to sit on it as long they did.
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