TibbitS, George (Richard)

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TibbitS, George (Richard)

TibbitS, George (Richard), Australian composer and architect; b. Boulder, Nov. 7, 1933. He studied architecture and urban planning at the Univ. of Melbourne; music was his avocation, which he plied off and on at leisure hours. His compositions often follow pictorial and literary images; a number of his instrumental pieces bear titles related to passages from the writings of James Joyce; their technical idiom oscillates quaquaversally from a Dorian columnar manner to lapidary dodecaphony. In 1968 he was appointed lecturer in architectural history at the Univ. of Melbourne.


orch: Neuronis Nephronicus and His Lowly Queen (1968); Fanfare for the Great Hall (1968); I thought you were all glittering with the noblest of carriage, after James Joyce (1969); Serenade (1969); Beside the rivering waters of after James Joyce (1970); Where oranges have been laid to rest upon the green, after James Joyce (1971); Antediluvia for Strings (1971); The Rose Garden of the Queen of Navarre (1975); Violin Concerto (1975). CHAMBER: Silop for Flute and Celesta (1963); Quintet for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1964); String Sextet (1964); Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harpsichord (1964); Ziz, King of Birds for Flute, Clarinet, English Horn, French Horn, Violin, and Piano (1966); Quashq for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Piano (1966); Pili for 13 Instruments (1966); String Quartet (1968); Macramè for Flute, Bassoon, and Guitar (1974); Gâteau for Wind Quintet (1975). KEYBOARD: Piano: Variations for Piano, 4-Hands (1969); Stasis, 12 pieces (1970). Organ: Fantasy on the ABC (1975). VOCAL: 5 Songs for Contralto and Piano (1969); Golden Builders for Soprano, Small Chorus, and Chamber Ensemble (1972); 5 Bells for Soprano and String Quartet, after Kenneth Slesson (1972); Shadows for Soprano, Harpsichord, and Small String Orch., after Kenneth Slesson (1974); The Ice FishermanLake Erie for Soprano and Orch. (1974).

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