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. 1893, Winter

Beneath the Seventh Veil: Richard Strauss's Salome and Kaiser Wilhelm II
This article is based in pan on archival research conducted whilst a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Munich. The present writer is also indebted to Isabel Oosthuizen for her assistance in procuring numerous sources...
Conventions of Prayer in Some 19th-Century Operas
IN THIS ESSAY, I propose to look at the way in which liturgical forms have been accommodated on the lyric stage of the 19th century, and also at the musical and textual conventions that have developed in tandem with them. I shall base my typology of...
Elgar and Academicism 3: Devices and Contrivances
Self-taught am I, and the god has planted in my heart all manner of lays, and worthy am I to sing to thee as to a god.THESE WORDS, TRANSLATED from Homer's Odyssey, are those of the Public Orator at Cambridge University: the occasion, the bestowal of...
Keeping the Faith
Keeping the faith Franz Schubert: music and belief Leo Black The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2003 / paperback 2005); xvi, 209pp; £45, $75 / £16.99, $29.95 PBK. ISBN 1 84383 023 x / 1 84383 135 x.I VIVIDLY RECALL THE SENSE OF PAIN, Outrage, contempt, during...
Letters
Weakest linksMay I comment on the article 'Shakespeariana in a Thomas Weelkes dedication from 1600' by Eric Lewin Altschuler & William Jansen (MT Autumn 2005)? In Weelkes's time authors frequently disparaged their own abilities - often without reason...
The Oxford History of Western Music, Volume 1: The Earlist Notations to the Sixteenth Century
Past imperative The Oxford history of western music Richard Taruskin Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2005); 6 volumes; £400, $699. ISBN 0 19 516979 4.Volume 1: the earliest notations to the sixteenth century xxxiii, 854pp. ISBN 0 19 522270...
The Oxford History of Western Music, Volume 2: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Volume 2: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries 758pp. ISBN 0 19 522271 7.RICHARD TARUSKIN'S monumental survey illustrates both the strengths and the weaknesses of the single-author history. Consistency in the organisation and selection of material...
The Oxford History of Western Music, Volume 3: The Nineteenth Century
Volume 3: the nineteenth century 83opp. ISBN 0 19 522272 5.IS TARUSKIN BETTER than the competition? Whether he is or not, he's certainly bigger: 800 pages to travel from Beethoven's vocal music to the symphonies of Chaikovsky (Taruskin's preferred spelling),...
The Oxford History of Western Music, Volume 4: The Early Twentieth Century
Volume 4: the early twentieth century 826pp. ISBN 0 19 522273 3.IN HIS ADMIRABLY lucia and socially responsive fourth volume of The new Oxford history of western music Richard Taruskin addresses the breakdown of the Enlightenment ideals of humanism and...
The Oxford History of Western Music, Volume 5: The Late Twentieth Century
Volume 5: the late twentieth century 557pp. ISBN 0 19 522274 1.IF HISTORIES are like great rivers, then their account of the recent past is the point where they run out into the sea in a complex, spreading delta. The landscape is flat, its features indistinct,...
Were Bach's Toccata and Fugue BWV565 and the Ciaccona from BWV1004 Lute Pieces?
FOR MANY LAY LISTENERS AND MUSICIANS Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565 is the prototypical organ piece. It was therefore most interesting when, in 1981, Peter Williams drew attention to some striking anomalies about the work:...
What Did They Play?: The Changing Repertoire of the Piano Recital from the Beginnings to 1980
THE STORY OF THE EMERGENCE of the piano recital from the almost circus-like environment of early 19th-century musical entertainments and its transformation into one of the most serious and uniquely personal types of musical experience is well known.'...