Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 153, No. 1918, Spring

Beethoven's Ninth: Where Does Integration Happen?
Why do analysts attempt against the odds to find relationships between the two principal themes of the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and its earlier movements? Why try to locate integration in the main part of the finale? It is a mostly unquestioned,...
Charles Avison Jnr and His Book of Organ Voluntaries
The recent publication of the seven organ voluntaries by Charles Avison jnr has brought to light an important manuscript book, once used for music production in Newcasde upon Tyne, that has not received a great deal of attention.1 Roz Southey, a notable...
From Bath to Bach
From Bath to Bach A provincial organ builder in Victorian England: William Sweetland of Bath Gordon DW Curtis Ashgate (Farnham, 201 1); xix, 307pp; £65, $124.95. ISBN 978 ? 4094 1752 I.Gordon Curtis is a member of the British Institute of Organ Studies...
Heaven & Hell
Heaven & hell Hans von Billow: a life for music Kenneth Birkin Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 201 1); xvii, 715PP; £90, $150. ISBN 978 I 10700 586 O.BIOGRAPHIES of performers don't always make for rewarding reading, yet in Hans von Billow:...
In Deep
In deep Metaphors of depth in German musical thought from E. TA. Hoffmann to Arnold Schoenberg Holly Watkins Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 201 1); xiii, 335pp; £60, $99. isbn 978 ? 10701091 8.According to Holly Watkins, the history of music-analytical...
More Books from the Library of William Byrd
In The Musical Times for Winter 2009 we reported our discovery of ten books which once belonged to the composer William Byrd (1539 or 1 540- 1623).1 He wrote his name on the title-page of each book; one was also signed by his son Christopher. This article...
Reforging the Ring: Origins and New Beginnings
WITH A COMPOSER as endlessly written about as Wagner, reinventing the wheel - and recycling the clichés - should go naturally with the writer's territory. There 's a good example in a recent article about Lohengrin that eventually gets round to asking...
Sense & Sensibility
Sense & sensibility The life of Schumann Michael Musgrave Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 201 1); x, 224pp; £50, $85. ISBN 978 o 521 80248 2.Cambridge university press's series Lives of the Composers necessarily varies from volume to volume,...
The Ring's Rhinemaidens: Singing Seductresses or Women of Wisdom?
Das Wasser rauscht', das Wasser schwoll,Netzt' ihm den nackten Fuß;Sein Herz wuchs ihm so sehnsuchtsvoll,Wie bei der Liebsten Gruß.Sie sprach zu ihm, sie sang zu ihm;Da wars um ihn geschehn:Halb zog sie ihn, halb sank er hin,Und ward nicht mehr gesehn.(The...
The Sources of John Blow's Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell (1696)
The death of Henry Purcell in November 1695 brought forth no more fitting a memorial than John Blow's fine setting for two countertenors, two recorders and thoroughbass of Dryden's 'Mark how the Lark and Linnet Sing', arguably a masterpiece not just...
Upstairs, Downstairs: Acoustics and Tempi in Wagner's 'Träume' and Siegfried Idyll
The acoustic of Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth is justly celebrated. It is at its best in Parsifal - the only work written specifically for it - and from the mixing of orchestral colours in the Prelude to the placing of his various offstage choruses,...
Was Boyce a Mason?
William boyce (1711- 79) happened to be born into an age of transition in the development of Freemasonry in Great Britain. From its origins in the medieval craft guilds, signs of an evolution from an earlier 'operative Freemasonry' towards a modern 'speculative'...
Will's World
Will's world The world of William Byrd: musicians, merchants and magnates John Harley Ashgate (Farnham, 2010); xvii, 3o6pp; £60, $124.95. ISBN 978 o 7546 0497 6.CONTINUING FROM WHERE HE LEFT OFF in his William Byrd: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (Ashgate,...