Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Tippett, [Sir] Michael

(1905-1998) UK composer, of fantasy interest for a series of five Operas for which he also wrote the librettos. Of most intense interest is perhaps the first, The Midsummer Marriage (1955), a complex quasi-Allegory – the libretto was separately published as The Midsummer Marriage (1954 chap) – which combines some of the Crosshatch liquidity of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (performed circa 1595; 1600) and the Rite-of-Passage structure of Mozart's The Magic Flute (1791; libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder). King Priam (1962) is concerned with the Trojan War. The Knot Garden (1970) (> Labyrinth) puts its protagonists through a metaphysical passage into self-recognition and forgiveness, echoing Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1611; 1623). The Ice Break (1977) allegorizes the passage between the frozen Bondage of mortal selfhood into (once more) self-recognition. New Year (1988) presents a rite of the Seasons. [JC]

[Sir] Michael Tippett


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