Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 149, No. 1905, Winter

'A Play of Pure Forces'? Elliott Carter's Opera in Context
ELLIOTT CARTER'S A mirror on which to dwell, settings of six poems by Elizabeth Bishop for soprano and chamber orchestra (1975), was his first vocal composition since Emblems, for male chorus, of 1947. Since 1975 there have been several more texted works,...
Arnold Van Wyk's Hard, Stony, Flinty Path, or Making Things Beautiful in Apartheid South Africa
ON 13 FEBRUARY 1972 Johan Stemmet of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) conducted an interview with the composer Arnold van Wyk at his home in Stellenbosch, the small university town near Cape Town where van Wyk lived from i960 until his...
Elisabeth Jacquet De la Guerre: Myth or Marvel? Seeking the Composer's Individuality
ELISABETH JACQUET DE LA GUERRE (1665- 1729) is remembered today as both a harpsichordist and as a gifted composer. In her own day she achieved an international reputation as a composer and, unique for a woman at the time, published her works in several...
English Orthodoxies
Vaughan Williams on music Edited by David Manning Oxford University Press (New York, 2007); wv, 435PP; £19.99. ISBN 9780 198329 2.Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895-1958 Edited by Hugh Cobbe Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2008); xx, 679 pp; £95....
Master & Servant
Letters from a life: the selected letters of Benjamin Britten, volume four 1952-1957 Edited by Philip Reed, Mervyn Cooke & Donald Mitchell The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2008); xxvi, 633PP; £45, $90. ISBN 9781 84383 382 6.Imogen Hoist: a life in...
Messiaen, Koussevitzky and the USA
THE USA WAS among the first countries outside France to recognise Messiaen 's originality, and American organisations supported his work with important commissions from the 1940s until the very end of his life.' From 1949 onwards Messiaen visited the...
Positioning Milhaud's Late Chamber Music: Compositional 'Full Circle'?
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)AS RONALD CRICHTON POINTED OUT in his obituary tribute in this journal over 30 years ago: 'There can be few active musicians able to remember a time when Milhaud's name was not familiar, [but] fewer still who...
Sacred & Profane
Edmund Rubbra: symphonist Leo Black The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2008); xiii, 242pp; £30, $60. ISBN 978 1 84383 355 0.The innumerable dance: the life and work of William Alwyn Adrian Wright The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2008); xii, 336pp; £30, $60....
Unreliable Machines: An Interview with Kenneth Hesketh
IN 2008 the British composer Kenneth Hesketh celebrated his 40th birthday with radio portrait concerts in Germany and Switzerland, a Proms commission Graven image, premiered on 1 August 2008), and numerous performances in his native city of Liverpool...