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Tippett, Sir Michael Kemp (1905–1998)
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This English composer is known particularly for his operas, string quartets, symphonies, and vocal music. After studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Charles Wood and C.H.Kitson, Tippett made composition his primary vocation, while supporting himself through conducting amateur choirs and teaching. His most important teaching post was at Morley College in London (1932-1951). Tippett’s works, full of harmonic and rhythmic complexities, intricate counterpoint, and extended, ornate melodies, took a long time to gain acceptance by the musical establishment. His success since the 1960s may be measured by the many commissions he has received, most recently by the Toronto, London, and Boston symphony orchestras for The Rose Lake.