Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 146, No. 1891, Summer

Buxtehude's Ciacona in C Minor and the Nicene Creed
MATHS AND MUSIC GO TOGETHER' - how often have you heard this comment? It is certainly an observation that can be applied to the Danish organist and composer Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 16370 -1707). In addition to his duties as organist at St Mary's, Lübeck,...
Clubbing Together
Clubbing together Concert life in eighteenth-century Britain Edited by Susan Wollenberg & Simon McVeigh Ashgate (Aldershot, 2004); xvi, 299pp; £52.50. ISBN 0 7546 3868 5.Chearfulness and Goodhumour, Friendship and a Love of Harmony: this description...
Denis ApIvor and His Contribution to British Opera and Ballet
Denis ApIvor died in Robertsbridge., East Sussex, on 27 May 2004, aged 88. My objective here is not to offer a full appreciation of his achievement but to provide some insight into his contribution to British opera and ballet between 1947 and 1966, with...
Ecce Homo
Ecce homo Richard Wagner: the last of the titans Joachim Köhler Translated by Stewart Spencer Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2004); xiv, 688pp; £29.95. ISBN 0 300 10422 7.THIS is A REMARKABLE BOOK in a notoriously clogged field. If just...
Elgar and Academicism I: The Untutored Genius
THESE THREE articles will explore Elgar's interface with the academic in music. For this purpose 'academic' is used in two of its more time-honoured meanings, but not in the derogatory sense it has acquired more recently. That is, it refers to an academy...
French Grands Motets and Their Use at the Chapelle Royale from Louis XIV to Louis XVI
REFERRING TO Louis XIV, the Duke of Saint-Simon wrote: 'with an almanac and a watch, even at a distance of three hundred leagues, you could say precisely what he was doing." A king's day had to be perfectly timed so that the officers serving the monarch...
Greatness Thrust upon 'Em: Services by Byrd and Others Reconsidered
THE WELCOME RECENT REISSUE of Peter le Huray's edition of the Full Service by Edmund Hooper1 brought to mind a sequence of articles by myself and Lionel Pike during the last decade concerning the use and meaning of the word 'Great' in the titles of Anglican...
Human, All Too Human
Human, all too human Der letzte der Titanen: Richard Wagners Leben und Werk Joachim Köhler Claassen (Munich, 2001); 8yopp; euro35. ISBN 3 546 00273 3-Minna und Richard Wagner: Stationen einer liebe Eva Rieger Patmos/Artemis & Winkler (Dusseldorf...
IN MEMORIAM: Stanley Sadie
For four decades, from the mid19605 to his death in March this year, Stanley Sadie was at the centre of music criticism and scholarship in Great Britain [writes Barry Millington\. His editorship of the New Grove dictionaries (from 1970, emeritus editor...
Letters
Memento monMay I add my own personal reminiscences of Susan Bradshaw and Felix Aprahamian to the excellent tributes which have already appeared in print (Spring MT)? As a student in the radical 19605 I admired Susan's frequent performances of 20th-century...
Obrecht at 500: Style and Structure in the Missa Fortuna Desperata
FIVE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, at either the ducal court of the ruling d'Este family at Ferrara or possibly at the local city hospital, the death occurred of the priest-composer Jacob Obrecht, then merely in his late forties. It is likely, but by no means certain,...
Sign of Contradiction: Tallis at 500
It is thought that Thomas Tallis was born in c.1505. He died in Greenwich on 23 November 1585.Two THINGS STAND OUT about Thomas Tallis's career as a composer: he experimented more regularly and more extravagantly than any of his contemporaries; and he...
Timely Meditations
Timely meditations Opera and modern culture: Wagner and Strauss Lawrence Kramer University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2004); 257pp; £26.95, $39.95. ISBN 0 520 24173 8.Wagner and the romantic hero Simon Williams Cambridge...
Transcending the Material
Transcending the material The virtuoso Liszt Dana Gooley New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2004); xv, iSopp; £45, $75. ISBN 0 521 83443 0.Virtuosity and the musical work: the Transcendental Studies...