Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 142, No. 1876, Autumn

All Too Human?
Review-article Debilitated by an excess of New Musicology, IVAN HEWETT welcomes three stimulating celebrations of timeless critical values Music and humanism: an essay in the aesthetics of music RA Sharpe Oxford UP (Oxford, 2000); ix, 221pp; L30. ISBN...
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A Postcard from Rome?
Hugh Facy's Ave Maris Stella CHRISTOPHER MAXIM discusses a little-known keyboard piece by an enigmatic seventeenth-century composer This article is based on material found in Christopher Maxim: `British cantus firmus settings for keyboard from the early...
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Binchois and Beyond
Review-article ALLAN W. ATLAS is stimulated and provoked by studies of the fifteenth-century Burgundian master Binchois studies Edited by Andrew Kirkman & Dennis Slavin Oxford UP (Oxford, 2000); xviii, 353pp; L70. ISBN 0 19 816668 0. DUFAY AND BINCHOIS...
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Deep Water
NIGEL SIMEONE La vie musicale sous Vichy Edited by Myriam Chimenes editions Complexe (Brussels and Paris, 2001,); 420pp; FF189. ISBN 2 87027 864 0. The music of Maurice Ohana Caroline Rae Ashgate (Aldershot. 2000); 311pp: L45. ISBN 0 7546 0288 5. La...
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Devotional Aids
Perspectives on Peter Maxwell Davies Edited by Richard McGregor [with essays by David Roberts, Peter Owens, Michael Burden, Joel Lester, John Warnaby, Richard McGregor, Arnold Whittall] Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000, recte 2001); xiv, 180pp; 42.50. ISBN 1...
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Different Strains
ASPECTRE IS HAUNTING music, the spectre of 'fusion'. It has no body - no melodies, no harmonies, no instrumental colours it can call its own - but its ghostly presence is everywhere, seeping under and over every musical category. In film music, `world...
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Flight Paths
Theories of fugue from the age of Josquin to the age of Bach Paul Mark Walker University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY & Woodbridge, 2000); xiii, 486pp; 75. ISBN 1 58046 029 1. By 'theories', Mr Walker means `what has been written by writers...
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From the Musical Times 100 Years Ago
The Musical Times, October 1901 With much regret we place on record the death - which took place on the 3rd ult., at Bergedorf, near Hamburg, where he had lived since 1866 - of Friedrich Chrysander, Doctor of Philosophy, musician, musical historian,...
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Fruit of Good Works
WILLIAM DRABKIN extends a qualified welcome to reinterpretations of masterworks by Beethoven The Cambridge companion to Beethoven Edited by Glenn Stanley Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xiii, 373pp; L40 / L14.95. ISBN 0 521 58074 9 / 0 521 58934 7. SOME...
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Key Advice
Earlykeyboard instruments: a practical guide David Rowland Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xi, 154pp; L37.50/L12.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 64366 X / 0 521 64385 6. This handbook is designed to be read...
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Ladies Intellectual
ANDREW THOMSON is disturbed by certain tendencies within modern musicology Gendering musical modernism: the music of Ruth Crawford, Marion Bauer, and Miriam Gideon Ellie M. Hisama Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xix, 198pp; L40. ISBN 0 521 64030 X. Unsung:...
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Letters
Out with the Old During his third year at Cambridge, my contemporary Peter Williams left Music for the English Tripos. He sat at the feet of the legendary FR Leavis, and ever since has looked down on the rest of us, as Leavis looked down on much English...
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Lifelines
Tie atonal music of Arnold Schoenberg 1908-1923 Bryan R. Simms Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2000); ix, 265pp; L6.95. ISBN 0 19 5128265. Alexander Goehr has recently said that `Most composers of my generation, or a little older, which includes Pierre...
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Mutually Speaking
NICOLA WALKER SMITH introduces a brief talk by, and talks to Christian Wolff about, Morton Feldman IN 1973, Morton Feldman invited Christian Wolff to SUNY, Buffalo, where Feldman had recently been appointed the Varese Professor of Music. In this brief...
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News
Appointments Nicholas Daniel succeeds Lady Barbirolli as Artistic Director of the Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition. Morgan Hayes is appointed Composer in Residence at the Purcell School. Gwen Hughes is appointed the Arts Council of England's...
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Overlapping Opposites
Schoenberg since 1951 Fifty years since his passing, ARNOLD WHITTALL explores some recent critical approaches to the twelve-tone master I Because of the many attempts to connect the past with the future one might be inclined to call this an Apollonian...
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Remastering the Past
'Renewal' in recent British music RICHARD WITTS is worried by a backward tendency among some senior British composers LAST YEAR the Halle Concerts Society of Manchester gave the world - nay, the cosmos - a new ending to Gustav Holst's eighty-year-old...
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Text Messages
Reading pop: approaches to textual analysis in popular music Edited by Richard Middleton Oxford UP (Oxford, 2000); xi, 388pp; L40 / 14.99 pbk. ISBN 0 19 816612 5 / 0 19 816611 7. Richard Middleton's multi-authored compendium brings together sixteen diverse...
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This, That and the Other
STEPHEN BANFIELD surveys some recent writing on music and its cultural context Western music and its Others: difference, representation, and appropriation in music Edited by Georgina Born & David Hesmondhalgh University of California Press (Berkeley,...
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Trumpet Major?
JS Bach and the Reiche portrait Did Bach write the fanfare in Gottfried Reiche's portrait? ERIC LEWIN ALTSCHULER argues the case. GOTTFRIED REICHE (1667-1734) was one of the finest trumpeters of his day. In 1694 he was paid extra money by the Leipzig...
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Under the Microscope
RICHARD DRAKEFORD pays close attention to two new anthologies of Bartok studies The Cambridge companion to Bartok Edited by Amanda Bayley Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xv, 271pp; L45 / L15.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 66010 6 / 0 521 66958 8. Bartok perspectives:...
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