Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 140, No. 1867, Summer

A Good Old Stick
A good old stick JAMES MORWOOD Herbert von Karajan: A life in music Richard Osborne Chatto & Windus (London, 1998); xi, 851pp; L30. ISBN 185619 763 8. These days it's the conductors who inspire the door-stopping books. Three years ago, Peter Heyworth's...
Basic Bach
Basic Bach YO TOMITA An introduction to Bach studies Daniel R. Melamed & Michael Marissen Oxford UP (New York, 1998); xi, 189pp; 28.50. ISBN 0 19 5122313. With the estimated two-hundred books and articles that are related to Bach studies appearing...
Caught in the Act
Caught in the act ANTHONY GRITTEN Composition, performance, reception: studies in the creative process in music Edited by Wyndham Thomas Ashgate Publishing (Aldershot, 1998); xx, 174pp; L42.50. ISBN 185928 325 X. The picture adorning the dustjacket of...
Chorley's Way
RICHARD DRAKEFORD Henry Fothergill Chorley: Victorian journalist Robert Terrell Bledsoe Ashgate Publishing (Aldershot, 1998); 384pp; 45. ISBN 184 014257 X. On 15 December 1859 the Victorian journalist and critic Henry Chorley wrote: `In this country...
Composers and the Arts Council: Buying Time
RICHARD WITTS offers a personal view of the current crisis in new music funding EARLIER THIS year the composer Michael Berkeley attacked the Arts Council at a press launch for the 1999 Cheltenham International Festival of Music, which he directs. He...
Devilish Droll
Devilish droll JOHN STEANE Boito: Mephistopheles English National Opera London Coliseum, 18 March Faust and farce have long been acquainted. 'A set of farces' was Pope's annotation to a mention of Faust in the 1720s. Marlowe's play is a hybrid of tragedy...
Elgar's Counterpoint: Three of a Kind
STEPHEN BANFIELD finds evidence for Elgar's originality of style in the composer's unique contrapuntal craft MANY A musicological investigation starts as pedagogic marginalia. A student essay once informed me that the first Pomp and circumstance march,...
From the Musical Times 150, 100 and 50 Years Ago
Once upon a time... The Musical Times June 1849 Queen's College Institution for Ladies, Tuffnell Park, Camden Town. - A performance took place at this establishment on the 8th May, calculated to shew what may be done in Ladies' Schools for the furtherance...
Grounds for Concern
JULIAN JOHNSON reflects on some of the issues raised by two recent books about Anton Webern The life of Webern Kathryn Bailey Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1998); xix, 217pp; L27.95 /L 9.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 57336 X / 0 52157566 4. The atonal music of Anton...
Holliger at 60: Keeping the Faith
ARNOLD WHITTALL detects avant-garde echoes in the music of Heinz Holliger, whose 60th birthday fell in May WHILE IT MIGHT NOT literally be the case that Heinz Holliger's phenomenal achievements as an oboe player have actively inhibited recognition of...
In Memoriam: Alfred Schlee
In the still to be written history of 20thcentury music, the important, though largely shadowy, role of the music publisher will probably assume greater significance than is commonly acknowledged. As the main outlet for the works of Schoenberg, Berg,...
In Memoriam: Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon
Born in New York on 22 April 1916, Yehudi Menuhin was the son of Russian immigrants. He received his initial violin instruction as a four-year-- old in San Francisco from Sigmund Anker, furthering his studies with Louis Persinger, a former Ysaye pupil...
In Memoriam: Ruth Gipps
Though it was Ruth Gipps's misfortune to have lived most of her adult life in an age before the concept of equal opportunities was commonly accepted, she nevertheless pursued her career as composer, performer, conductor and teacher with a zeal and dedication...
Leading Ladies
Leading ladies ERICA JEAL Vincenzo Bellini: Norma David Kimbell Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1998); xiii, 134 pp; 35 / 12.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 48036 1 / 0 52148514 A woman scorn'd: responses to the Dido myth Edited by Michael Burden Faber Sz Faber (London,...
Letters
Liberal education I suspect that MT can number amongst its diverse readership musicians involved in varying degrees with the education of adults who never learned to play or sing as children. It should be obvious to everyone actively interested in music...
Mr Halford's Orchestral Concerts 1897-1907: Conductor at Large
MARTIN HARLOW investigates a pioneer of orchestral music-making in Birmingham and the reception of his concerts in the local press GIVEN THE vigorous orchestral concert life in Birmingham at the end of this century, with the City of Birmingham Symphony...
Musical Chairs
In the modern world, as is witnessed in the prolonged creative vitality of Messiaen and Tippett - and Elliott Carter, still composing at ninety plus - the status of late works as an artistic category is more prominent than ever... THE WORLD'S first music...
News
Richard Lyne is preparing to write an account of the life and work of the late Watkins Shaw, a project undertaken with the support of the Shaw family Currently researching the project, he would be most grateful to hear from anyone who might be able to...
Nine by Five
WILLIAM DRABKIN Beethoven: Eroica Symphony Thomas Sipe Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1998); vii, 146pp; L25 /L8.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 47528 7/ 0 521 47562 7. The life of Beethoven David Wyn Jones Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1998); xii, 204pp; L27.95 /L9.95 pbk....
Pedal Power
Pedal power ANN BOND The Cambridge companion to the organ Edited by Nicholas Thistlethwaite & Geoffrey Webber Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1998); xiv, 340pp; L37.50 / L13.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 57309 2 / 0 521 57584 2. In spite of recent surges of interest,...
Say Rubato
Say rubato SUSAN BRADSHAW Chopin: the piano concertos John Rink Cambridge UP (Cambridge,1997); x, 139pp; L25 /L8.95 pbk. ISBN 0 52144109 9 / 0 521 44660 0. By now sufficiently numerous to form a little library in themselves, the Cambridge Music Handbooks...
Sizeable Symphonist
PETER PHILLIPS The John Marsh journals: the life and times of a gentleman composer (1752-1828) Edited, introduced and annotated by Brian Robins Sociology of Music no.9 Pendragon Press (Stuyvesant NY, 1998); xiv, 797pp; $76. ISBN 0 945193 94 7. Although...
Spanish Snaps
Spanish snaps ANDREW THOMSON Manuel de Falla: his life and works Edited by Gonzalo Armero & Jorge de Persia Omnibus Press (London, 1999); 306pp; L19.99 pbk. ISBN 0 7119 6909 4. Considering that he was such a retiring, ascetic figure, the documentary...
Stage Struck
DIANA BURRELL finds Buxtehude, barbed wire and blondes in Hans Werner Henze's irresistible memoirs Bohemian fifths Hans Werner Henze Translated by Stewart Spencer Faber St Faber (London, 1998); ix, 512pp; L25. ISBN 0 571 17815 4. SO THAT'S what twelve-note...
The Ages of Man as Composer: What's Left to Be Done?
In his final lecture as Cambridge Professor of Music, ALEXANDER GOE HR reflects on late works, Balzac, and young composers RECENTLY, I WAS PRESENT at performances of Symphonia by Elliott Carter. Symphonia (its full title is Symphonia sum fluxae pretium...
The Credo of the B Minor Mass: Style and Symbol
DAVID HUMPHREYS examines the role of Scripture as a shaping force in the music of Bach THE 17TH CENTURY saw a sharp bifurcation of musical style which remained in force during the first half of the following century and beyond. On the one hand lay the...