Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 144, No. 1885, Winter

Berlioz: Past, Present, Future / the Cambridge Companion to Debussy
Towards Euphonia Berlioz: past, present, future Edited by Peter Bloom University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2003); xviii, 213pp; £50, $70. ISBN 1 58046 047 X.The Cambridge companion to Debussy Edited by Simon Tresize Cambridge...
By the Book
Late Beethoven: music, thought, imaginationMaynard Solomon: University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2003); xi, 327pp; £19.95, $29.95. ISBN 0 520 23746 3.Beethoven's Ninth: a political historyEsteban Buch, translated by Richard...
Concerted Effort
Mozart's piano concertosMarius FlothuisRodopi (Amsterdam & Atlanta, Georgia, 2001); ii, 114pp; euro23 pbk. ISBN 90420 1448.Mozart's piano concertosJohn IrvingAshgate (Aldershol, 2003); xx, 274pp; £45. ISBN 0 7546 0707 0.Mozart's piano concertos:...
Decentering Music: A Critique of Contemporary Musical Research
Off-centre PETER WILLIAMS Decentering music: a critique of contemporary musical research Kevin Korsyn Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2003); viii, 221pp; £40. ISBN 0 19 510454 4.Decentering? Music is no longer to be the centre of musical research?...
Ethical Gestures
Rhetoric in German Baroque musicDIETRICH BARTEL considers the relevance of the seventh liberal art to performance practiceAFTER CENTURIES of playing second fiddle to the quadrivium of the seven liberal arts (namely, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and...
Gentlemen at Large
Musica Transalpina and Marenzio's interpolatorERIC LEWIN ALTSCHULER & WILLIAM]ANSEN trace the relationship between two important latesixteenth-century madrigal sourcesMORE THAN THREE QUARTERS of a century ago the noted scholar and chronicler of English...
Knowing Kirchner
CHRIS WALTON surveys the stormy life and admirable music of the unjustly neglected master miniaturist who died one hundred years ago this autumnSCHUMANN'S PROTEGE, Mendelssohn's student, Wagner's aecompanist, Brahms's friend, Dvorak's arranger, dedicatee...
Letters
Further lightPrompted by Gerald Silverman's interesting article in the Autumn MT, may a retired teacher of French and German seek to throw a little more light on the 'Es muss sein' theme of Beethoven's last string quartet? As Dr Silverman remarks, Beethoven...
Mahler and His World
Weltanschaung CHRIS WALTON Mahler and his world Edited by Karen Painter Princeton UP (Princeton & Oxford, 2002); xvii, 396pp; $55 / $22.95 pbk. ISBN 0 691 09243 5 / 0 691 09244 3.What is a composer's world? How big can it be? There is little doubt...
Royal Peculiar
JS Bach's Musical Offering and the source of its themeHUMPHREY F. SASSOON considers the origins of a celebrated last workTHE MUSICAL OFFERING, BWV 1079, is JS Bach's last completed major work. It contains two fugues (a Ricercar a 3 for keyboard, and...
The Great Pretender
Monsieur le Comte de Saint-GermainDAVID HUNTER seeks out the gifted yet enigmatic 18th-century musican and Handel Opponent'AMONG THE VARIOUS opponents of Handel set up by his biographers, the most enigmatic is the Comte de SaintGermain. Though his status...
The Meistersingers' Hidden Heritage
IVING GODT explores a rich, relevant yet misunderstood cultural legacyI WAS NEVER A SECRET, but somehow its significance seems to have faded from our awareness until it is now generally overlooked. To set the background of the argument, let us begin...
Themes & Motives 2
Further integration in SchubertMICHAEL GRAUBART concludes his demonstration of the great Viennese composer's formal masteryIN THE Third Symphony, Schubert treated us to a virtuoso display of permutational 'rigorous play'. In the Eighth and Ninth symphorfes...
Thomas East and Music Publishing in Renaissance England
Print culture DAVID J. SMITH Thomas East and music publishing in Renaissance England Jeremy L. Smith Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2003); 326pp; £45. ISBN 0 19 513905 4.This book is the latest in a line of studies centering on printers and publishers...