Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 142, No. 1875, Summer

All Change
All change RICHARD DRAKEFORD Handel's muse: patterns of creation in his oratorios and musical dramas, 1743-1751 David Ross Hurley Oxford UP (Oxford, 2001); xviii, 291; 45. ISBN 0 19 816396 7. 'Of the making of many books there is no end, and much study...
A Personal Memoir: Remembering Scelsi
FRANCO SCIANNAMEO recalls his association with the grand seigneur of twentieth-century Italian music THE NAME OF THE ITALIAN composer Giacinto Scelsi (born 1905 in La Spezia, died 1988 in Rome) still means little to audiences worldwide, despite the considerable...
Elite Encounters
Review-article ANDREW THOMSON finds inspiration in an instant classic of musical biography Berlioz, volume two: servitude and greatness 1832-1869 David Cairns Allen Lane / Penguin (London, 1999 / 2000 pbk); xi, 896pp; L25/12.99. ISBN 0 71 399386 3 /...
Endangered Species?
Endangered species? MICHAEL FULLER A history of the oratorio, volume 4: the oratorio in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Howard E. Smither University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill & London, 2000); xxiv, 829pp; L59.95. ISBN 0 8078 2511...
From the Musical Times 150 Years Ago
THE MUSICAL TIMES. than the direct interchange between public and author, as in copyright. It appears to us that English learning would be best promoted by carrying out, in the largest sense, the security of copyright to " the author of any book,"-and...
From the Musical Times Fifty Years Ago
The pilgrims progress, reviewed by Hubert Foss (MT, June 1951) THE first night of Vaughan Williams's `Pilgrim's Progress', on Thursday 26 April at Covent Garden was an occasion long to be remembered by those privileged to attend it. Here, unfolded visually...
George Gissing on Music: Italian Impressions
George Gissing on music ALLAN W. ATLAS tracks the musical encounters of the distinguished late-Victorian novelist THE LATE-VICTORIAN novelist George Gissing (1857-1903) - best known today for New Grub Street (1891), The odd women (1893), and The private...
In Memoriam: Rita Hunter
The daughter of a Merseyside boilermaker, Rita Hunter rose to become one of the great Brunnhildes of the post-war era, most memorably in the famous ENO Ring conducted by Sir Reginald Goodall. After studies with Edwin Francis, she joined the chorus of...
In the Doll's House
Sviatoslav Richter: notebooks and conversations Burno Monsaingeon Translated by Stewart Spencer Faber & Faber (London, 2001); xxxii, 432pp; L25. ISBN 03 571 20553 4. 'Im not mad, I'm the most normal person you could imagine. I just mention that in...
Letters
See hear 1 Taking one small point from Anthony Gritten's article in the Spring MT, surely he must be right when he says that 'the act of following the score while listening actually affects, influences, and even changes the musical experience'? If any...
Restored to Life
Restored to life ANN BOND Music in eighteenth-century Britain Edited by David Wyn-jones [with essays by Peter Holman, Saskia Willaert, Simon McVeigh, Philip Olleson, Lowell Lindgren, Eva Zollner, Sally Drage, Donald Burrows, Sarah McCleave, Rachel Cowgill,...
Richard Ayres in Focus: Life Is Beautiful
CHRIS TOP HER Fox explores the visionary oeuvre of a contemporary English emigre I HAVE A NUMBER of friends who enjoy the 'innocent ear' test where an unidentified recording is played and you are invited to come up with an identification and an aesthetic...
Sister Acts
PETER WILLIAMS considers the state of modern musicology NOT BEING ONE who goes to conferences, I find several things puzzling about them. Firstly, how do people find the time? Secondly, is this really a way to get to know music? Thirdly, are things said...
The Play's the Thing
Review-article PETER PHILLIPS ponders the relationship between performance practice and a vast recorded legacy A century of recorded music: listening to musical history Timothy Day Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2000); x, 306pp; 20. ISBN 0 300 08442...
Three for All
Andriessen's recent music ARNOLD WHITTALL examines the dialectical tension in works by the `more Marxist than Christian' Dutch master Part 1: the Dionysian clockwork There are bells for marriage and bells for death. But they are all played on the same...
Three Verse Anthems Retrieved: Tracking Tomkins
JOHN MILSOM reclaims for posterity three significant works by the seventeenth-century English master IT IS A GOOD MANY YEARS since we last had a major find in the world of post-Reformation English church music. Odd voice-- parts may occasionally come...
Voices and Vices
Voices and vices ARNOLD WHITTALL Reviving the muse: essays on music after modernism Edited by Peter Davison [with essays by Menno Boogaard, John Borstlap, John Boyden, Peter Davison, Ernest Hall, Robin Holloway, David Matthews, Edward Pearce, Roger Scruton,...