Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 145, No. 1887, Summer

After Apollo
After Apollo The Cambridge companion to Stravinsky Edited by Jonathan Cross Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2003); xv, 327pp; £47.50, $70 PBK / £17.95, $26. ISBN 0 521 66330 x / 0 521 66377 6.OF THE TWO undisputed musical giants of the 2Oth century,...
A Talent to Dispute: New Books on Mendelssohn
A talent to dispute: new books on Mendelssohn A portrait of Mendelssohn Clive Brown Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2003); xxxiii, 551pp; £29.95. ISBN O 30009539 2.Mendelssohn: a life in music R. Larry Todd Oxford University Press (New...
Bond of Broeders: Anton Hartman and Music in an Apartheid State
Anton Hanman: dis sy stone, by Mia Hartman, is published by Beria (Pretoria, 2003) at Riyo(c.US$2S).THE LEADING MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR in South Africa': thus was Anton Hartman (1918-1982) described in 1975 upon his being awarded an honorary doctorate in...
Britten's Music for Organ: Some New Discoveries
Timothy Bond will give the world premiere of Benjamin Britten's Voluntary on Tallis' lamentation in the Royal Albert Hall at a BBC Promenade Concert on 1 August. His world premiere recording of the complete solo organ music of Benjamin Britten, together...
Images of Spain
Images of Spain Debussy's 'Iberia' Matthew Brown Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure Oxford University Press (Oxford & New York, 2003); xvi, 177pp; £50. ISBN 0 19 816199 9.FALLA ONCE SAID that whenever he looked at Wagner's music, he tried to...
In Black and White: Pizzetti, Mussolini and Scipio Africanus
IT WAS EARLY IN 1958 WHEN I SAW ILDEBRANDO PlZZETTI. The famous cellist Enrico Mainardi and pianist Carlo Zecchi were to play sonatas by Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms at the SaIa dei Concert! of the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome. Both artists...
In the Finest Tradition: New Books on Musical Theatre
In the finest tradition: new books on musical theatre Richard Rodgers Geoffrey Block Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2003); xiii, 3i5pp; £22.50. ISBN 0 300 09747 6.The Cambridge companion to the musical Edited William A. Everett &...
John IV of Portugal, King and Musician: An Anniversary Assessment
FOUR HUNDRED YEARS AGO, on 18 March 1604, there were great celebrations in Vila Vicosa, Portugal, with the announcement of the birth of a son to Dona Anna, wife of D. Teodosio II, seventh Duke of Braganca. The boy was called Joao (John), and as heir...
Letters
Errors of judgementI trust Peter Williams will forgive my oversight if I reply that the case for Chopin's or Mendelssohn's musical superiority is not quite as starkly Obvious' as he would like to presume (Spring MT). Or rather, I take it as fairly obvious...
New Edwardiana
New Edwardiana The life of Elgar Michael Kennedy Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2004); viii, 219pp; £40, $60 / £14.95, $22 PBK. ISBN 0 521 82636 5 / 0 521 53374 0.Plotting gigantic worx: the story of Elgar 's Apostles trilogy Michael Foster The...
Simply Samuel
Simply Samuel Samuel Wesley: the man and his music Philip Olleson The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2003); xxiv, 360pp; £60. ISBN 1 84383 031 0.SAMUEL WESLEY led a hidden life. Overshadowed by the strong family culture inspired by his father Charles and...
Sound Practice
Sound practice History, imagination and the performance of music Peter Walls The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2003); xiv, 184pp; £40, $70. ISBN 1 84383 005 1.Bach performance practice, 1945-1975: a comprehensive review of sound recordings and literature...
Towards 'Un Succes Absolument Formidable': The Birth of Messiaen's la Transfiguration
IN 1965 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation of Lisbon commissioned Olivier Messiaen to write a new work as a memorial to its founder. The work, La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ, was eventually performed four years later, at the 13th Gulbenkian...
Uneasy Evaluatives: Perspectives on Babbitt
Uneasy evaluatives: perspectives on Babbitt The collected essays of Milton Babbitt Edited by Stephen Peles with Stephen Dembski, Andrew Mead, and Joseph N. Straus Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, & Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 2003); xi, 517pp;...