Musical Times

A quarterly publication that covers topics in classical music and includes an extensive archive of obituaries of leading musicians.

Articles from Vol. 149, No. 1903, Summer

A Bouquet of Brahms
Einheit durck Vielfaltfdas Kla vierkammermusikwerk ausgewahlter 'Konservativer' um Johannes Brahms. Klaviertrios, Klavierquartette und Klavierquinteae von Robert Fucks, Hermann Goetc, Karl Goldmark, Heinrich von tfer^ogenberg, Josef Gabriel Rkeinberger,...
Bach, Brahms, Schoenberg: Marginalia on Berg's Violin Concerto
The present writer is grateful to Douglas Jarman for his advice, and to Isobel van der Walt for her invaluable help in procuring various source materials.SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, on 12 February 1933, Arnold Schoenberg gave a lecture on the Frankfurt Radio...
Catholic & Continental
Catholic & continental Vincent Novella (1781-1861): music for the masses Fiona M. Palmer Ashgate (Aldershot, 2006); xxi, 24zpp; £45. ISBN 0754634957.Lectures on musical life William Sterndale Bennett Edited by Nicholas Temperley with Yunchung Yang...
Dons & Donne
Opera and society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieu Edited by Victoria Johnson, Jane F. Fulcher & Thomas Ertman Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2007); xxxii, 406pp; £50, $90. ISBN 9780 521 85675 1.The Puccini problem: opera,...
Evoking the Exotic: Schumann's 'Danish' Manner
AS FAR AS musicology goes, few aspects of Schumann's music have been 'misunderestimated ' so often and so consistently as his evocations of the exotic. Some of his most extensive, supposedly 'exotic' works - like the four-hand piano cycle Bilder aus...
Letters
Enharmonies in BachAn extremely significant and still open question is what tuning system Bach used, preferred or considered tolerable. Bach's deployment of sequential enharmonic notes might be useful in addressing this question, since in an equally...
Liszt's Music in C Major
IN HER BOOK on key characteristics Rita Steblin presents extracts from theoretical writings concerned with the subject of key and its character.1 These cover the period of her title, namely c.1700 to 1830. Her examples cover all the keys, providing a...
Multinationalism
Multinationalism Cristobal de Morales: sources, influences, reception Edited by Owen Rees & Bernadette Nelson The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2007); lii, 426pp; £45. ISBN 978 1 84383 3116.CHRISTOPHER MORALES, as Burney liked to call him, has always...
Schubert's Pepi: His Love Affair with the Chambermaid Josepha Pöcklhofer and Her Surprising Fate
IN TWO PREVIOUS ISSUES of The Musical Times, I scrutinised Schubert's relationship with 'Nina' and 'Elise', two male members of the Viennese Nonsense Society. In 1817 they had assumed female guises for their delightful roles in this convivial club of...
Situating Stainer
Situating Stainer John Stainer: a life in music Jeremy Dibble The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 1007); xiv, 36zpp; £45, $80. ISBN 978 184383 297 3.I also have the very highest regard for Stainer: but all the same the world 50 years hence won't understand...
Style & Ideas
Style & ideas Classic chic: mime, fashion, and modernism Mary E. D avis University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2006); xix, 332pp; £26.95.ISBN 0 520 24545 3.IT'S PERHAPS SURPRISING that there has been no detailed examination...
Targeting Time
Targeting time Bach's cycle, Mozart's arrow: an essay on the origins of musical modernity Karol Berger University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2007); xi, 420pp; £23.95. ISBN 978 0 520 25091 8.THERE is a problem for me in this...
The Theming Magpie: The Influence of Birdsong on Beethoven Motifs
Listen to the birds: they are the great masters(Dukas)IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED that birdsong 'has anticipated in a very simple way the development of human music." Composers have imitated birdcalls and used them ornamentally, rhythmically and symbolically....
Wagner and 21st-Century Opera
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE'S The Last Supper (first performed in 2000) offers a rare representation of Christ on the operatic stage, and in this sense at least goes one better than Wagner, who made extended prose drafts for a poetic drama called Jesus von Nazareth...