Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 141, No. 1873, Winter

Anyone Listening?
... its one thing to encourage interdisciplinary ecumenicism; quite another to relieve the ear of its primary responsibility. THERE'S QUITE a vogue at the moment for putting music designed primarily for listening up before the footlights. English National...
Beast in View
DIANA BURRELL applauds two valuable additions to the Birtwistle bibliography ON MORE THAN ONE occasion, Sir Harrison Birtwistle has compared the act of listening to his music to the three-dimensional experience of walking through a town, 'a town with...
Behind the Masque
WILFRID MELLERS welcomes a new study of a neglected yet valuable strand in English music-theatre Masked mysteries unmasked: early modern music theater and its Pythagorian subtext Kristin Rygg Pendragon Press (Stuyvesant, 2000); xxxix, 268pp; L32. ISBN...
Bel-Ami
A French song companion Graham Johnson & Richard Stokes Oxford UP (Oxford, 2000); xxxii, 530pp; L45. ISBN 0 19 816410 6. There could hardly be a more persuasive advocate of the pleasures of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French song than Graham...
Crystal Gazing
Crystal gazing Schoenberg's chamber symphonies: the crystallization and rediscovery of a style Catherine Dale Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000); ix, 220pp; L49.50. ISBN 185928 257 1. Today's listener may not find Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony as difficult...
Da Carpo
Da capo Music and musicians in Renaissance Rome and other courts Richard Sherr Ashgate/Variorum (Aldershot, 1999); xii, 326pp; 55. ISBN 0 86078 768 0. English church polyphony Roger Bowers Ashgate/Variorum (Aldershot, 1999); xii, 35+pp; L52.50. ISBN...
Dissenting Voices
ARNOLD WHITTALL addresses some musicological disputes The apprehension of music depends on these two faculties, sense-perception and memory; for we must perceive the sound that is present, and remember that which is past. In no other way can we follow...
Elgar's Other Opera?
The Dream of Gerontius at 100 STEPHEN BAN FIELD considers the latent drama of words and music 100 years after its premiere This article has been expanded from a pre-concert talk given in Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool in 1992. AS POEM or music, The dream...
From the Musical Times 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago
Once upon a time... The Musical Times, October 1850 The Times states that the fortunate proprietor of an old glove of Jenny Lind's, is letting it out to be kissed, at the rate of one shilling an outside and two shillings an inside kiss! Hitherto, the...
Gottes Zeit
Theology, music and time Jeremy S. Begbie Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xv, 294pp; L40 /L14.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 44464 0 / 0 521 78568 5. Music is an art often thought of as particularly 'spiritual', and it has been strongly linked with expressions of...
In Memoriam: Brian Boydell
When a definitive history of twentiethcentury Irish music comes to be written, Brian Boydell will feature recurrently and with high distinction as composer, conductor, musicologist and animateur. Indeed, it is to him that we owe the distinctive presence...
In Memoriam: Franco Donatoni
An Italian composer of singular originality and unimpeachable integrity, Franco Donatoni was also at heart an artisan for whom `inspiration comes when I put myself on a chair to write'. Yet, paradoxically, his journey towards maturity was periodically...
In Memoriam: Marie-Madeleine Durufle-Chevalier
Marie-Madeleine Durufle-Chevalier An outstanding organist in her own right, Marie-Madeleine Durufle-Chevalier's life and career were inseparably linked with those of her husband, the distinguished composer-organist Maurice Durufle. Precociously musical...
In Memoriam: Robert Sherlaw Johnson
Robert Sherlaw Johnson Overshadowed in recent years by the influential Manchester triumvirate of Birtwistle, Goehr and Davies, Robert Sherlaw Johnson was none the less, as composer, pianist, author and teacher, a vital and indispensable force in British...
Lifesaver
The art of performance Heinrich Schenker Edited by Herbert Esser Translated by Irene Schreier Scott Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2000); xxvii, 101pp; 35. ISBN 0 19 512254 2. Tantalisingly, this is the book that never was. For despite the efforts...
Louis Durey: Homme De Tete
MARC WOOD introduces the music of a versatile yet retiring French composer of distinction THE COMPOSER LOUIS DUREY may be unfamiliar to many music lovers; indeed, even aficionados of modern French music will probably only have seen his name as a short...
More Than a Footnote
DAVID ALLENBY hails a ground-breaking study of a key figure in twentieth-century Austro-German music Zemlinsky Antony Beaumont Faber & Faber (London, 1999); xvii, 524pp; L30. ISBN 0 571 16983 X. EVERY ONCE in a while a book appears which redefines...
Mortis Causa
Berg's boils and some associated matters WILLIAM TYLDESLEY reassesses the evidence pertaining to the composer's mysterious death ALBAN BERG died in a Viennese hospital on 24 December 1934, aged fifty. He had been admitted on 17 December because of debility...
Offrandes Oubliees
Messiaen in the 1930s NIGEL SIMEONE surveys Messiaen's early years through some little-known correspondence, music and articles Letters AS WELL AS working at the Trinite as titulaire from September 1931, Olivier Messiaen was busy throughout the 1930s...
Publishing News
... its one thing to encourage interdisciplinary ecumenicism; quite another to relieve the ear of its primary responsibility. THERE'S QUITE a vogue at the moment for putting music designed primarily for listening up before the footlights. English National...
Ravel Unravelled
Ravel unravelled The Cambridge companion to Ravel Edited by Deborah Mawer Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xv, 294pp; L42.50 / L15.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 64026 1 / 0 521 64856 4. Since the first publication of Arbie Orenstein's Ravel: man and musician in...
Real Time
AN Whitehead and music RICHARD ELFYN JONES ponders the relevance of an influential thinker to the metaphysics of musical meaning TO CITE Alfred North Whitehead in any discussion of aesthetics needs some explanation, for he refers very little to art or...
Rich Pickings
The Faber book of opera Tom Sutcliffe Faber & Faber (London, 2000); xix, 402pp; L20. ISBN 0 571 19595 4. After the controversy stirred up by his previous book for Faber, Believing in opera, Tom Sutcliffe is playing things comparatively safe as the...
See How the Fates
NIGEL BURTON charts the changing critical fortunes of the composer during the hundred years since his death ON SATURDAY 9 May 1992, The Times published an article in connection with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Sullivan. The byline...
Spoilt for Choice
Spoilt for choice Classical and romantic performing practice 1750-1900 Clive Brown Oxford UP (Oxford, 1999); xii, 662pp; L65. ISBN 0 19 816165 4. There are puzzling things about Music's notation For instance, its historical origins: despite the best...
Talking Dirty
JOHN STEANE Hugo Wolf and his Morike songs Susan Youens Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xii, 203pp; 40. ISBN 0 521 65159 X. Like Amanda Glauert's Hugo Wolf and the Wagnerian inheritance, reviewed in MT Autumn 1999, this (from the same publisher and of...
Tracing Transcendence
JULIAN JOHNSON contemplates three tributes to Jonathan Harvey, published in honour of his sixtieth birthday Jonathan Harvey Arnold Whittall Faber & Faber (London, 1999); vi, 90pp; L9.99 pbk. ISBN 0 571 195814. Music and inspiration Jonathan Harvey...