Music of Sir Michael Tippett in Saint Louis and Baltimore
Dec. 04, 2017
The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra led by David Robertson performs Sir Michael Tippett’s beloved oratorio A Child of Our Time at their New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31 in Powell Hall. Composed between 1939-1941 during a time of political unrest and widespread social injustice, A Child of Our Time is fashioned in the style of a baroque oratorio. As with his heroic opera, King Priam, the composer created an original libretto for this work with the exception of several well-known spirituals that Tippett interspersed throughout the composition. Similar to the chorales of Bach’s time, the spirituals lend the work a familiar and comforting reference point for listeners. Tippett’s lush orchestration and skilled vocal writing bring the simplicity of these powerful melodies to life.
(“Go Down, Moses” from A Child of Our Time/Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor)
On December 7, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by Nicholas Hersh, performed a Midweek Concert on their “Music for Middle Schools” series. On the program was Tippett’s Suite in D as well as a semi-staged adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol --a fitting holiday show for young audiences.
A Child of Our Time (1939-41)
for SATB soloists, chorus, and orchestra
Suite in D (1978)
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