Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 147, No. 1895, Summer

Bloodlines
Bloodlines Die Familie Wagner Brigitte Hamann Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag (Reinbek bei Hamburg, 2005); 175pp; euro8.50 PBK. ISBN 3 499 50658 0.EVEN TO English-speakers new publications in the renowned Rowohlt 'rororo' monograph series are worthy of note....
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Broderip, Wilkinson and the First English Edition of the '48'
ALTHOUGH AFC KOLLMANN included a prelude and fugue from the '48' in his 1799 Essay on practical musical composition, and William Shield another prelude in his 1800 Introduction to harmony, the first English edition of multiple preludes and fugues from...
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Cesare Pugni, Marius Petipa and 19th-Century Ballet Music
THE MANY PETITS MAÎTRES who furnished 19th-century ballet masters with scores to order, or cobbled up gallimaufries from whatever melodic shreds and patches came to hand, represent a demi-monde from which many lovers of serious music recoil with boredom...
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Choral Singing before the Era of Recording
WHEN KING GEORGE II was crowned in 1727, the Archbishop of Canterbury noted in the Order of Service next to George Frideric Handel's My heart is inditing, sung by a choir of 47 voices: 'The anthems in confusion: all irregular in the music."With no metronome...
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Henze's Haunted Sensibility
Hans Werner Henze is 80 on 1 July.WRITING IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY ABOUT the death of his mother in 1976, his own 5oth year, Hans Werner Henze described his 'unrestrained grief. [...] It is an archetypal feeling of loss and irretrievability, mixed with remorse...
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Letters
Pierrot's speech-songBehind Jennifer Goltz's marvellously informative and stimulating discussion of the perennial Sprechsdmme problem of Pierrot Lunaire (Spring MT) lies a general problem of interpretation: how much weight to give to the evocation of...
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Lost without Trace: Hunting for Heinrich Schulz-Beuthen
ONE SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED that last year's commemoration of the Dresden firebombing made no mention of the composer Heinrich Schulz-Beuthen. In the context of the immense loss of life on that night in February 1945, the fate of a single, little-known...
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Making History
Making historyThe Cambridge history of seventeenth-century music Edited by Tim Carter & John Butt Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2005); xxvii, 591pp; £100, $175. ISBN 0 521 79273 8.Bach in Berlin: nation and culture in Mendelssohn's revival...
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Post Factum
Post factum The collected letters of Peter Warlock (Philip Heseltine) Edited by Barry Smith The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2005); 4 volumes: I (1899-1911), viii, 336pp; II (1912-15), vi, 4iopp; III (1916-21), vi, 408pp; IV (1922-30), vi, 401pp; £200,...
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Pretorian Pieces
Pretorian pieces A composer in Africa: essays on the life and work of Stefans Grové Edited by Stephanus Muller & Chris Walton Sun Press (Stellenbosch, 2006); R160; vi, 172pp; ISBN 1 920 109 04 8 (available from www.sun-e-shop.co.za).STEFANS GROVÉ...
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Reading the Will
Reading the willThe tragic and the ecstatic: the musical revolution of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde Eric Chafe Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2005); ix, 333pp; £35.99. ISBN 0 19 5176472.A companion to Wagner's Parsifal Edited by William...
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Stage Business
Stage businessEchoes of women's voices: music, art and female patronage in early modern Florence Kelley Harness University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 2006); xvi, 378pp; £28.50. ISBN 0 226 316509.Inventing the business of opera: the impresario...
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The Amazing Early Works of Frederick Ouseley
IT SEEMS TO BE WIDELY ASSUMED that any music composed by a child cannot have any artistic value and is not worth investigating or analysing. This, at least, is the attitude that emerges in many biographies of composers. Repeatedly one finds that, if...
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The Duke's Children
The duke's children Italian music during the Fascist period Edited by Roberto Illiano Brepols (Turnhout, 2004); xiv, 746pp; euro160. ISBN 978 2 503 515175.ITALIAN FASCISM has been studied in great detail both by historians and cultural analysts. For...
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The Faith Factor
The faith factor Benjamin Britten: the spiritual dimension Graham Elliott Oxford Studies in British Church Music Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2006); xiv, 169pp; £50. ISBN 0 19 816258 8.THE BASIC THESIS of this book is both straightforward and important....
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The Far-Shining Sail: A Glimpse of Salvation in Britten's Billy Budd
IT HAS BEEN OBSERVED that Billy Buddshares with other Britten operas the theme of the corruption of goodness by evil.1 In addition to this rather general assessment, two important interpretative tools have been widely used in order to offer further comment...
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William Boyce's Anthem for the Wedding of King George III
AFTER THE FUNERAL of King George II on 11 November 1760, preparations for George Ill's coronation on 22 September 1761 began. The new king had decided to get married before his coronation, and the royal wedding was to be celebrated shortly before, on...
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