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The Composer I chose to write about is Michael Tippett. Michael Tippett was born January 2, 1905 and he was born in Eastcote, United Kingdom and he died in London, United Kingdom on January 8, 1998 which would make him 93 years old when he died. Michaels talent developed slowly he destroyed his earliest compositions and was 30 before any of his works were published. He was a radio broadcaster and writer of music for most of his life. In his early life he worked a job and then composed but as he got older he only composed songs as a job. He had 71 choral pieces composed and published but he had several that were not published.

A Child of Our Time, the Orchestra Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli, and the opera The Midsummer Marriage were his most famous pieces. Michael was one of the leading British Composers of the 20th century. He was in the military and he was imprisoned in 1943 for refusing to carry out war related duties. He was homosexual the Jungian dichotomy of shadow and light remained a recurring factor in his music.

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The first choral piece I choose to right about is The Midsummer Marriage. I chose this piece because it was one of his most famous pieces and it was one of his earliest pieces that got composed so I thought it would be cool to learn about one of his most famous and one of his earliest pieces. This piece stands out to me because it is about a forest cleaning and that is good for our nature and that just seems like it would sound cool. It makes me think of many emotions because the song changes many times over the song which would kinda makes sense for what it is about. The song The Midsummer Marriage is written for SATB (mixed choir) and there is 2 flutes doubling up for the piccolos there is also clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trumpets, trombones, timpani, two percussionists playing snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, gong, tubular bells, harp, celestra, and strings.


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