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. 1872, Autumn

A Good Read
A reader's guide to Haydn's early string quartets William Drabkin Greenwood Press (Westport, Connecticut, 2000); x, 186pp; 48.50. ISBN 0 313 30173 5. To begin with a seeming irrelevancy: if, browsing in a bookshop or on the internet, one noticed a volume...
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American Cool
American cool CHRISTOPHER FOX Four musical minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass Keith Potter Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xv, 390pp; L50. ISBN 0 521 48250 X. Four musical minimalists is an indispensable and meticulous...
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An Anonymous Tocata: Figure This
JONATHAN BAXENDALE questions the provenance of an intriguing example of 17th-century keyboard music MUCH CONTROVERSY surrounds an anonymous A major toccata that was published by Barclay Squire in his Purcell Society edition of 1895.1 Consilting of several...
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Boston Bluestocking
Boston bluestocking ANDREW THOMSON Amy Beach, passionate Victorian: the life and work of an American composer 1867-1944 Adrienne Fried Block Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 1998); xiii, +09pp; 14.50 pbk. ISBN 0 19 513784 1. The American obsession with...
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Brought to Book
Brought to book WILFRED MELLERS Illegal harmonies: music in the twentieth century Andrew Ford Hale & Iremonger (Sydney, 2000); xx, 266pp; 21.95. ISBN 0 86806 6354. Andrew Ford is an Australian composer in his early forties who has won attention and...
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Decoding Bach 1: Emotion or Meaning?
In this anniversary year, MICHAEL GRAUBART continues the debate about recent exegeses of the composer's music PETER WILLIAMS'S article `Sui generis'1 is no doubt a salutary warning against excessive subjectivity, in teaching music students as much as...
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Decoding Bach 2: Clouds of Witness
PETER WILLIAMS questions critical attitudes to evidence about Bach's life in three new publications EVERYONE KNOWS that when Bach was a young organist, he was told off for taking a `strange maiden' into the organ-- loft; that as a little boy he copied...
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Decoding Bach 3: Stringing Along
MARK ARGENT adds a further layer to the debate about Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor IN 1981 Peter Williams produced a startling suggestion: that one of the most famous pieces of organ music, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565, might have originally...
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From the Musical Times 50, 100, and 150 Years Ago
The Musical Times, September 1950 The programmes of the orchestral concerts largely consisted of French works, with two novelties to excite our curiosity. Francis Poulenc's Piano Concerto (1949) with the composer as the brilliant soloist, is agreeable...
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Image Making
BOOK REVIEWS Schubert studies Edited by Brian Newbould Ashgate (Aldershot, 1999); xiii, 277pp; 55. ISBN 185928 253 9. The life of Schubert Christopher H. Gibbs Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xiii, 21 Ipp; L30 / 10.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 59426 X / 0 521...
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In Memoriam: Alan Hovhaness
Alan Hovhaness, an American composer of Scottish-Armenian descent, wrote music throughout his long life, and reached a grand total of 434 opuses. Doubtless many of his pieces are music for use in the very best sense of that phrase; but with a handful...
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In Memoriam: Iain Hamilton
Iain Hamilton belonged to a generation of British composers, including Peter Racine Fricker, Malcolm Arnold and Robert Simpson, born most inauspiciously in the early 1920s. Maturing in their fourth rather than third decade on account of the Second World...
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In Memoriam: Johanna Peters
A stalwart figure on the British opera scene for four decades, Johanna Peters was a mezzo soprano whose life was devoted to performance, teaching and administration, with the aim of maintaining the highest standards of singing in all these spheres. Peters...
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In Memoriam: Oscar Shumsky
An indepently minded musician who refused to tread the well-worn path of a virtuoso career, Oscar Shumsky was very much a violinist's violinist: not in the top league of soloists as far as public perception was concerned, but one whom players throughout...
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In Memoriam: Sir William Glock
In recent years, Sir William Glock was notoriously the target of reproach from a paradoxical alliance of the English insular party, musical free marketers and modernday internationalists, all marching beneath the banner of anti-elitisim. No doubt Glock...
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Magnus Lindberg in Conversation: Moving between Extremes
A leading Finnish composer discusses some of his recent music with Joshua Cody and Kirk Noreen Joshua Cody Compared to Ur, Related rocks is very different, and is composed from a conspicuously eclectic group of stylistic sources. As Related rocks is...
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Mathias's String Quartet No. 1: Something to Shout About
NICHOLAS JONES analyses a volatile mix of sonata form and montage in the music of a leading Welsh composer LISTENERS wishing to identify the principal landmarks in William Mathias's development as a composer (not least a new approach to tonality and,...
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Misfits
Mahler was prepared to make the most outrageous claims for himself and his career, through the profoundest self-belief; Bruckner dithered and questioned to the point where he almost let other people write his music for him. CONSIDER THESE TWO quotations:...
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Nature's Voice
Nature's voice DAVID ALLENBY Webern and the transformation of nature Julian Johnson Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); x, 274pp; L40. ISBN 0 521 66149 8. Having cause to revisit the pioneering 1978 Boulez box (CBS 79402, reissued in 1991 by Sony Classical...
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News
Awards The British Music Information Centre's important Cutting Edge Initiative has received a major boost with the award of 37,000 from the Arts Council of England's National Touring Programme. The Cutting Edge Tour brings four programmes played by...
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Nice Rapping
Nice rapping JOHN STEANE The Cambridge companion to singing Edited by John Potter Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); ix, 286pp; L40 / L14.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 62225 5 / 0 521 62709 5. This is a symposium comprising nineteen chapters or essays by seventeen...
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Silver Service
PETER HOLMAN addresses some questions raised by a new study of Monteverdi's Vespers UNTIL RECENTLY books on music tended to fall into three categories: the traditional life-and-works biographies of great composers, surveys of particular genres, and studies...
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Swanning Around
Swarming around ERICA JEAL Saint-Saens: a critical biography Stephen Studd Cygnus Arts (London, 1999); ii, 342pp; 300. ISBN 1 900 54165 3. Studies of Camille Saint-Saens' life and works have been few and far between in recent years. Stephen Studd prefaces...
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Thursday's Children
Thursday's children ANTHONY GRITTEN Settling the score: a journey through the music of the twentieth century Edited by Michael Oliver Faber & Faber (London, 1999); xxii, 338pp; L14.99 pbk. ISBN 0 571 19580 6. Musical composition in the twentieth...
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