Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 141, No. 1871, Summer

Bottled Up
RICHARD DRAKEFORD reassesses the life and achievement of Alan Rawsthorne in the light and a new major study HUBERT PARRY, it is said, once remarked rather ruefully that the British musical public can only deal with one native composer at a time. When...
Debts and Credits
DAVID MATTHEWS Stravinsky: a creative spring Stephen Walsh Jonathan Cape (London, 2000); xvii, 699pp; L25. ISBN 0 224 06021 X. Since Stravinsky lived the richest life of any twentieth-century composer, he is a gift to a biographer; but the sheer amount...
Fact or Fiction?
Tosca's Rome: the play and the opera in historical perspective Susan Vandiver Nicassio University of Chicago Press (Chicago, 1999); xxi, 335pp; 31.50. ISBN 0 226 57971 9. Victorien Sardou set his play La Tosca in the Rome of 1800; Puccini's opera on...
From the Musical Times 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago
The Musical Times, June 1850 MUSIC, like everything else, must submit to the march of events, and it is not our object in writing to make strictures on the current practice, or to endeavour to restore that which has gradually declined from notice. Englishmen,...
Going Greek
LIONEL PIKE examines some striking instances of word-setting in a celebrated Elizabethan madrigal WEELKES'S two madrigal books of 1600,1 published at a time when he was organist `of the Coledge at Winchester', contain some of the most astonishing works...
Howard's Way
ROBIN HOLLOWAY surveys a comprehensive new study of the dean of American composers Aaron Copland: the life and work of an uncommon man Howard Pollock Faber & Faber (London, 2000); xi, 690pp; 30. ISBN 0 571 20084 2. COPLAND'S MUSIC is oddly difficult...
In Memoriam: Alexander Young
For over a quarter of a century, Alexander Young was one of the leading male singers of British opera; a versatile and gifted tenor whose talents encompassed both tragic and comic roles. A scholar at the Royal College of Music, he studied under Professor...
In Memoriam: Inglis Gundry
The composer Inglis Gundry, Cornish by ancestry; wrote song cycles, choral works, two symphonies, a harp concerto, and sixteen operas. Opera, indeed, was his chief creative preoccupation, and in addition to his scores for music theatre, he wrote Opera...
In Memoriam: Jean-Pierre Rampal
If the popularity of the flute today rivals that of the eighteenth century, when its patrons included Frederick the Great, then its reputation is in no small measure due to Jean-Pierre Rampal. Without doubt the greatest French flautist of the twentieth...
In Memoriam: John Hosier
John Hosier played an influential role in guiding the fortunes of several key institutions concerned with the direction of music education in the United Kingdom, including the BBC, the Inner London Education Authority, and the Guildhall School of Music...
In Memoriam: Leonard Salzedo
The composer Leonard Salzedo possessed a natural flair for the ballet, an aptitude immediately acknowledged by Marie Rambert, founder of the Ballet Rambert, when she heard his Second String Quartet in a concert. A commission soon followed, thus beginning,...
In Memoriam: Niels Viggo Bentzon
A Danish composer whose catalogue contains almost 700 works, Niels Viggo Bentzon was a dynamic creative artist of prodigal talents. From an early age he was fluent at the keyboard, playing both piano and organ, as might be expected from the scion of...
Learning Lines
SUSAN BRADSHAW Louis Laloy (1874-1944): on Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky Deborah Priest Ashgate (Aldershot, 1999); xii, 342pp; L47.50. ISBN 184014 628 1. Debussy in performance Edited by James R. Briscoe Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2000); xi, 301pp;...
Letters
Bodies of evidence It has been most interesting to read the recent correspondence about Messiaen's Les corps glorieux from Jennifer Bate (MT, Winter 1999) and Andrew Thomson (MT, Spring 2000). I hope the following observations might shed some light on...
Mooing & Moaning
Mooing & moaning JOHN STEANE Singing Schumann: an interpretative guide for performers Richard Miller Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 1999); xiv, 245pp; L24.99. ISBN 0 19 511904 5. This is a guide for performers, and a thoroughly valid review will...
News
Awards The Hinrichsen Foundation is offering a grant of L15,000 to enable a UK organisation to offer a composer a one-year residency. Applications, from the sponsoring organisation not the composer, must reach the Hinrichsen Foundation (who can supply...
Past Perfect
ARNOLD WHITTALL applauds a recent study in musical aesthetics which takes a searching look at the role and consequences of modernism IT'S ALL BEETHOVEN'S fault. By introducing words and voices into the last movement of the otherwise purely instrumental...
Quasi Una Fantasia
WILLIAM DRABKIN Beethoven: The 'Moonlight' and other sonatas, op.27 and op.31 Timothy Jones Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); xii, 146pp; L27.50 / L9.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 59136 8 / 0 521 59859 1. In the beginning was the historical background: the state...
Senza Fantasia
Orlando Gibbons and the Gibbons family of musicians John Harley Ashgate (Aldershot, 1999); x, 341pp; 45. ISBN 1 84014 209 X. This is the first book on Orlando Gibbons to appear since 1923, when the first edition of Edmund Fellowes's pioneering Orlando...
Soviet Union?
Cultural Studies, it should be said at once, are everywhere these days, not only in sociology and anthropology, but in politics, history, the higher journalism, the arts, science, sport - and now musicology. IN CYBERSPACE, as everyone knows, anyone can...
St Peter's Friend
SUSAN BRADSHAW surveys the uncompromising output of a reclusive yet surprisingly communicative composer GALINA USTVOLSKAYA was born in Petrograd in 1919 and educated in Leningrad, where she has spent most of her professional life; she now lives in St...
Sui Generis
PETER WILLIAMS argues that Bach's music is best heard for what it is, not for what we can project on to it IN A RECENT MT article, `Stop press: some questions about JS Bach and his organ music' (Spring 2000), I remarked that certain approaches to Bach...
Sweet Sacrament
The sacred in music Albert L. Blackwell Lutterworth Press (Cambridge, 1999); 255pp; 25. ISBN 0 7188 2997 2. The present Bishop of Oxford has written that 'All works of art, whatever their content, have a spiritual dimension.' If one is prepared to concede...
That's Entertainment
STEPHEN BANFIELD applauds three recently published perspectives on the Broadway sound THE TITLE song of Jerome Kern's littleknown musical comedy of 1924, Sitting pretty, is a gorgeous, classy melody. Its third chorus is a dance break, and with that the...
Triple Counterpoint
As Bach's 250th anniversary year reaches its mid-point, Yo TOMITA welcomes three recent contributions to Bach scholarship AS WE CELEBRATE the 250th anniversary of Bach's death this year, more than a dozen books about the composer and his music have already...
Unholy Delights
ANTHONY GRITTEN traces the evolving thought of a distinguished musical analyst ONE OF THE PERENNIAL concerns of music analysis is the relation between musical gestures. Does x relate to y? If so, in what respect? In terms of form, syntax, or expression?...
Walk on, Walk Off
The Parisian worlds of Frederic Chopin William G. Atwood Yale UP (New Haven 62 London, 1999); vii, 470pp; 19.95. ISBN 0 300 07773 4. Chopin was aristocratic both as a man and as an artist. His genius was not subject to any law. Living apart in his own...
Written in Sand
CHRISTOPHER Fox revisits a neglected `graphic score' of the 1960s I FIRST CAME ACROSS Stockhausen's Plus minus at the end of the seventies. I was a postgraduate student and was invited to do some part-time teaching on a new-music course at a local college...