Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 143, No. 1878, Spring

Amicable Exchange
Amicable exchange SUSAN BRADSHAW Story of a friendship: the letters of Dmitry Shostakovich. to Isaak Glikman with a commentary by Isaak Glikman Translated by Anthony Phillips Faber & Faber (London, 2001); xliv, 340pp; L25. ISBN 0 571 20982 3. Collections...
Among Friends
Among friends RICHARD DRAKEFORD Letters of Gerald Finzi & Howard Ferguson Edited by Howard Ferguson & Michael Hurd The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2001); xiii, 310pp; 40. ISBN 0 85115 823 4. 'Did you hear St Nicholas [Britten]...? God, what twaddle'...
Contriving Construction
Review-article ARNOLD WHITTALL ponders some of the strengths and limitations of musicology old and new Constructing musicology Alastair Williams Ashgate (Aldershot, 2001); xi, 164pp; L40 / L15 pbk. ISBN 0 7546 0133 1. DURING the second half of the twentieth...
Dominant Logic
Peter Maxwell Daviess basic unifying hypothesis NICHOLAS JONES assesses the composer's concept of tonality in the Third and Sixth symphonies Some would claim even that it's obsolete to think about harmony, but I don't think it is. Whether you like it...
Engendering Enlightenment
Women writing opera: creativity and controversy in the age of the French Revolution Jacqueline Letzter & Robert Adelson University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2001); xvii, 341pp; L35. ISBN 0 520 22653 4. Reading critics...
From the Musical Times 100 Years Ago
Sullivan as a national style-builder On the 11th ult., at the meeting of the Musical Association, Dr. W H. Cummings in the chair, Dr. Charles Maclean delivered a lecture on the above subject. The lecturer combated the view that national style in highly-developed...
Grave Concerns
To what extent are E Gilbert Webb's comments on music criticism, reproduced from the April 2002 MT, applicable to the modern world? Readers are invited to respond. THE PAPER on `Musical Criticism,' read by Mr E Gilbert Webb before the Incorporated Society...
In Memoriam: Gunter Wand
With the passing of the Sergiu Celibidache in 1996, Georg Tintner in 2000, and now Gunter Wand, the grand tradition of Bruckner conducting reaches a natural end. As with so many past masters of the art, Wand served a lengthy apprentice in the opera house...
In Memoriam: Martha Modl
One of the most admired and dramatic of the postwar generation of German opera singers, Martha Modl, who has died aged 89, enjoyed an extraordinarily long career, beginning in 1942 and continuing for almost fifty years. She will be best remembered for...
In Memoriam: Michael Howard
Michael Howard When the definitive history of the British early music movement comes to be written, a survey of the immediate post-Second World War decades would be seriously incomplete without a proper assessment of the work of conductor, organist,...
In Memoriam: Oskar Sala
Among the curiosities of the twentiethcentury concert repertoire, Paul Hindemith's Langsames Stick and Rondo of 1935 is surely one of the most esoteric. Not only did the score quickly disappear from circulation, but the instrument for which it was conceived...
In Memoriam: Peter Hemmings
Opera lovers in the UK and USA will mourn the passing of the impresario and administrator Peter Hemmings, who built two world-class opera companies from scratch. The first, Scottish Opera, was the brainchild of its founding conductor, the late Sir Alexander...
In Theory Only
In theory only PETER WILLIAMS Reading Renaissance music theory: hearing with the eyes Cristle Collins Judd Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis Camrbridge UP (Camrbridge, 200); xxiii, 339pp; L45. ISBN 0 521 77144 7 Music theory in seventeenth-century...
Of Church and Circus
Pierne in perspective In the third article in his series MARC WOOD revisits the work of a neglected petit-maitre LIKE LOUIS DUREY and Henri Sauguet,1 Gabriel Pierne is yet another turn-of-the-- century French composer who, although successful and admired...
Skeleton Key
Skeleton key ROBERT ANDERSON Vaughan Williams's Ninth Symphony Alain Frogley Oxford UP (Oxford St New York, 2001); xxiv, 313pp; L50. ISBN 0 19 816284 7. The core of this book in Oxford's or New York's) `Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure' series...
The Halifax Judas
An unknown Handed arrangement by Mozart? Is a newly discovered manuscript a fifth Handel-Mozart arrangement? RACHEL COWGILL considers the evidence. THAT MOZART STUDIED the music of earlier eighteenth-century masters, encouraged by Baron van Swieten (`Lord...
The Science of Enchantment
Music at the 1937 Paris Exposition NIGEL SIMEONE surveys a hitherto uncharted area of pre-war musical activity in the French capital THE `EXPOSITION Internationale des Arts et des Techniques appliques A la Vie Moderne' ran in Paris from the end of May...
Through Thick and Thin
Review-article STEPHEN BANFIELD surveys some recent books on popular musical theatre 150 years of popular musical theatre Andrew Lamb Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2000); x, 380pp; L30. ISBN 0 300 07538 3. Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber: the new musical...