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'Lateness' is a musicological concept relevant to Tippett's oeuvre - if applied dialectically. His Triple Concerto (1978-9) is arguably the first work to reveal the 'late' trait of renewed lyricism and tonal transparency which together serve as an immanent critique of the fragmentation and dissonance of his second period (which began with King Priam). The co-presence of both sets of characteristics, whose synthesis is only partial, issues in a heterogeneity suggestive of a future social order in which the particular is not subsumed into the totality. This world-view sedimented in the musical structure constitutes a pluralism which invites comparison with, but may not be identical to, notions within postmodernism. Its paradigm may also have been distilled from the (problematic) social mediation of self which Tippett would have experienced as a gay person.
Author(s): Clarke D
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of the Royal Musical Association
Print publication date: 01/01/2000
ISSN (print): 0269-0403
ISSN (electronic): 1471-6933
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