Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 140, No. 1869, Winter

Another Telemann Misattribution: Doubtfully Bred
IAN PAYNE offers evidence that an early double violin concerto attributed to Telemann is probably not by him OF NEARLY one hundred concertos with solo instrument(s) assigned to Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) in Siegfried Kross's thematic catalogue,...
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Corelli a la Mode
Arcangelo Corelli: new Orpheus of our times Peter Allsop Oxford UP (Oxford, 1999): xii, 260pp; L45 ISBN 0 19 5165625. This book has an impressive pedigree. Peter Allsop has already published on the Italian baroque (The Italian 'Trio' Sonata from its...
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Enchanted Notes
Enchanted notes ANDREW THOMSON Music, science and natural magic in seventeenth-century England Penelope Gouk Yale UP (New Haven & London, 1999); xii, 308pp; L30.00. ISBN 0 300 07383 6. It's an unfortunate legacy of the 'two cultures'- the present-day...
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Exit Lines
Driven into paradise: the musical migration from Nazi Germany to the United States Edited by Reinhold Brinkmann & Christoph Wolff University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 1999); xiii, 373pp; $55. ISBN 0 520 21413 7. The...
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Fitting Lives
The life of Charles Ives Stewart Feder Musical Lives Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); xiii, 199pp; L27.50 / L9.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 59072 8 / 0 521 599318. The life of Musorgsky Caryl Emerson Musical Lives Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); xxii, 194pp; L27.50...
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Franc Account
ANDREW THOMSON The life of Berlioz Peter Bloom Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1998); xi, 211pp; L27.95 /L9.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 48091 4 / 0 521 48548 7. Of all the great composers, Hector Berlioz has perhaps the most compelling life story, meshing with the history...
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From the Musical Times 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago
Once upon a time ... The Musical Times, December 1949 It was appropriate, then, that Pierrot Lunaire' should have been the culminating point of the celebrations here of Schonberg's seventy-fifth birthday, honouring one of the great musical brains of...
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Guest Editorial: UK Gold?
those who survive... are usually drawn from narrow social classes, those ... who have independent wealth to fall back upon. IN RECENT TIMES, I have heard numerous protagonists proclaiming that contemporary British music is the finest in the world (this...
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In Memoriam: Georg Tintner
Georg Tintner's story, a tale of undervalued talent and late-flowering success, is in its way emblematic of this century now almost drawn to its close. Though his career was crowned by the triumph of the symphonic cycle of his beloved Bruckner, recently...
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In Memoriam: Howard Ferguson
The presence of Howard Ferguson in British musical life seemed for so long one of its abiding certainties that news of his death, shortly after his ninety-first birthday, came as a source of surprise and sorrow to many for whom he was a much-loved and...
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In Memoriam: J M Thomson
JM Thomson (writes Peter Phillips) will principally be remembered as the founder-editor of the Oxford University Press journal Early Music (founded 1973), through whose pages he was able to guide and inform the revival of interest in the pre-classical...
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In Safe Hands
RICHARD DRAKEFORD welcomes the humanistic spirit pervading recent guides to three orchestral masterworks IN A PREVIOUS REVIEW of titles in this series, I felt duty-bound to complain of what seemed to me some drearily unhelpful academic analysis of a...
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Letters
More on Haydn May I add two observations to Katalin Komlos's beautiful article on Haydn's canzonetta 'She never told her love' (Autumn MT)? The dialogue in Shakespeare's Twelfth night builds up to Viola's reply to Duke Orsino: 'My father had a daughter...''And...
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More Sinned Against
JAMES MORWOOD Richard Strauss Matthew Boyden Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, 1999): x, 431pp; L25. ISBN 0 297 81933 X. Richard Strauss Tim Ashley Phaidon (London, 1999); 240pp; L14.95. ISBN 0 7148 3794 6. The programme was already there in the mature...
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News
The innovative record label BIS has just released a new CD of music by the composer Sally Beamish. The release features three world-premiere recordings, all of them concertos. Tam Lin, played by Gordon Hunt, is a virtuoso scena for oboe and small orchestra...
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No, No, Adorno
The Stravinsky legacy Jonathan Cross Cambridge UP (Cambridge 1998), xii, 282 pp; L40. ISBN 0 521 56365 B. The cover of The Stravinsky legacy shows Picasso's Standing female nude, a charcoal drawing of 1910 in his 'analytical cubist' style, which can...
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Only Make-Believe
With the publication of recent studies of the composer's music, GERAINT LEWIS considers the durability of Sir Michael Tippett within the pantheon of British composers Tippett studies Edited by David Clarke (Cambridge, 1999); xv, 232pp; L40. ISBN 0 521...
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Reflections on Bach's 'Ich Ruf Zu Dir': Signs and Portents
WARWICK COLE finds clues to the possible sequence of Bach's compositional process in the ornamentation of a familiar setting from the Orgelbuchlein OF ALL THE CHORALE settings in the Orgelbuchlein, 'Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' has proved one of...
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Some Last Things
Some last things ARNOLD WHITTALL The Oxford history of English music volume 2: c.1715 to the present day John Caldwell Oxford UP (Oxford, 1999); xxiv, 612pp; L80. ISBN 0 19 816288 X. In continuing the story begun in his first volume (1991), John Caldwell...
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The Music of Richard Rijnvos: Square Dances
CHRISTOPHER Fox introduces the music of a leading Dutch composer of the younger generation ONE OF the most profound divisions of the world is between tidy people and untidy people. There are people whose bookshelves are organised alphabetically, others...
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The Music of Robert White: Sonorous Settings
In the third article of an ongoing series PETER PHILLIPS commends a master of the Latin psalm motet IN THE HISTORY of the psalm motet in England no-one was better placed to make the most of its opportunities, either by his natural gifts or by the span...
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Top of the Range
Top of the range MICHAEL TANNER Singers of the century volume 2 John Steane Duckworth (London, 1998); vii, 280pp; L25. ISBN 0 7156 2842 9. It is tempting to share the enlightenment and the delight which this book gives on almost every page by writing...
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Turges Reconsidered: All about Edmund
HUGH BENHAM surveys the output of a respected yet little-known Tudor composer whose work reveals fascinating links with his contemporaries EDMUND TURGES was a composer active in the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509). He is known today for a handful of sacred...
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Twentieth-Century Music in Retrospect: Fulfilment or Betrayal?
On the eve of the new millennium ARNOLD WHITTALL looks to the past and future of musical modernism IT IS SAFE to say that twentieth-century composers are not the first to have been conscious of tradition - that ineluctable circumstance whereby as Schoenberg...
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Undivine Divas
Maria Callas: sacred monster Stelios Galatopoulos Fourth Estate (London, 1998); 540pp; L25. ISBN 1 85702 826 0. Kiri: her unsung story Garry Jenkins & Stephen d'Antal HarperCollins (London, 1998); iii, 374pp; L17.99. ISBN 0 00 255942 0. Divas come...
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Wagnerian Takes
French opera at the fin-de-siecle: Wagnerism, nationalism and style Steven Huebner Oxford UP (New York & oxford, 1999); 548pp; L75.00. ISBN 0 19 His [Wagners] work is an immense arch, all the arts in a single one, the true humanity of the characters...
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