Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 152, No. 1914, Spring

A Bayreuth Extension Lecturer: Carl Armbruster and Music in the Parks
THE FIRST BANDSTAND in London was probably the 18th-century twostorey circular pavilion in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Musicians playing to the promenading public from the upper gallery would have nodded to Louis-François Roubiliac's sculptural tribute...
Read preview Overview
Beethoven's Uses of Silence
SILENCE WITHIN MUSIC has been the focus of much attention in recent years, including a whole book on the subject,' but its use by Beethoven has never been examined in depth, despite the extraordinary range and variety of ways in which he exploited it....
Read preview Overview
Doing Don
Doing Don The Vienna Don Giovanni Ian Woodfield The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2010); xviii, 2i4pp; £55, $105. ISBN 978 i 84383 586 8.IT is a truth universally acknowledged that any opera produced in the 18th century that does not fail at its first performance...
Read preview Overview
Franck after Franck: The Composer's Posthumous Fortunes
César Franck died in Paris on 8 November 1890, and proceeded almost at once to disprove one of musicology's hoariest clichés, that an eminent composer's reputation fades just after his death. Not so with Franck, however, any more than with Britten or...
Read preview Overview
Gender and Germanness in the British Reception of the Viennese Classics
Comparing Haydn and Mozart has been a regular feature of music criticism since the 18th century. In fact, throughout their eventful reception histories Haydn and Mozart have been linked by a binary opposition so compelling that it can be difficult to...
Read preview Overview
HWV301 and All That: The History of Handel's 'Oboe Concertos'
THE LETTER FROM David Humphreys (MT, Winter 20.10, p. 3) surveys territory that is familiar to those of us that have had to return from time to time to the preparation of work-lists for the compositions òf Handel: there is always a pause when we reach...
Read preview Overview
In His Own Right
In his own right Alexander Zemlinsky: a lyric symphony Marc D. Moskovitz The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2010); xx, 385PP; £25, $47. ISBN 978 1 84383 578 3,Even if his surname had started with 'S' rather than 'Z', as his father's originally did, it's...
Read preview Overview
Red House Blues
Red House blues Letters from a life: the selected letters of Benjamin Britten, volume five 1959-^1965 Edited by Philip Reed & Mervyn Cooke The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2010); I, 7Ó4pp; £45, $90. ISBN 978 1 84383 591 2.A CENTRAL chapter of ray fantasy-history...
Read preview Overview
Revisiting Mikrophonie I
STRAVINSKY EMBRACED THE SAYING 'Credo quia absurdum'. This is a musical statement. In a literal sense it means ? believe because it is inharmonious' - because it does not fit the pattern. Stravinsky may be saying that harmony is a human construction,...
Read preview Overview
Scènes D'exposition
Scènes d'exposition French opera: a short history Vincent Giroud Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2010); x, 3<>6pp; £25. ISBN 978 o 300 1 1765 3.'I wouLD give the whole of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos for Massenet's Manon,' declared that ardent...
Read preview Overview
Sound Sense
Sound sense Musicologia: musical knowledge from Plato to John Cage Robin Maeonie The Scarecrow Press (Lanham, Toronto & Plymouth, 2010); xyi, 524PP; £37.9?, $60. ISBN 9780 8 G?8 7696 5.IKNOW of quite a few musicians at retirement age who, able at...
Read preview Overview
'Teufelsonate': Mephistopheles in Liszt's Piano Sonata in B Minor
Does liszt's piano sonata have a programme? Debate still surrounds a question which has never been settled. My own opinion, given in my book Revolution and religion in the music of Lisp (Cambridge University Press, 1987; paperback reissue, 2008), is...
Read preview Overview
Thematic Transformation, Folksong and Nostalgia in Brahms's Horn Trio Op.40
In writings about Johannes Brahms's Trio for violin, horn, and pianoforte in Eb major op.40, it has been frequently remarked that a twobar major-key phrase toward the end of the subdued third movement anticipates the lusty opening idea of the Finale.'...
Read preview Overview