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. 1870, Spring

A Broader View
A broader view JULIAN RUSHTON Antonio Salieri and Viennese opera John A. Rice University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 1998); xx, 648pp; L75.95, ISBN 0 226 71125 0. John Rice has produced a remarkable book, not only because it fills a gap in...
Behind the Beard
IVAN HEWETT takes stock of recent writings about the elusive Johannes Brahms IN HIS NEW BIOGRAPHY of Brahms, Jan Swafford tells us that in the 1890s, tourists would gather outside the composer's favourite coffee-shop in Vienna to view the great man asleep...
Chant-Fable
Chant-fable SIBYLLE MAGER The English plainchant revival Bennett Zon Oxford UP (Oxford, 1999); xxii, 410pp; L55. ISBN 0 19 816595 1. The third volume in the Oxford Studies of British Church Music series takes as its starting point the surprisingly large...
Corporate Values
Corporate values STEPHEN BANFIELD The BBC and ultra-modern music, 1922-1936: shaping a nation's tastes Jennifer Doctor Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); xii, 508pp; L50. ISBN 0 521 66117 X. What image do we have of the early years of the BBC? One half...
From the Musical Times 50, 100 and 150 Years Ago
The Musical Times, February 1850 The immense popularity of Elijah has served to throw St. Paul, Mendelssohn's first oratorio, somewhat into the shade. Since 1846, when Elijah was produced at the Birmingham Festival, the latter has been very rarely executed...
In Memoriam: Alexandre Lagoya
For seventeen years the Lagoya guitar duo enjoyed considerable prestige as the first international duo of its kind, as recording artists, and as the commissioners of a series of works from major composers including Mario Castelnuovo-- Tedesco, Joaquin...
In Memoriam: GRE Brouwenstijn
Gre Brouwenstijn, the Dutch soprano who has died aged eighty-four, was a distinguished international singer in the post-war era, and a notable exponent of many of the major operatic roles. She possessed a rich voice, an imposing stage presence, and a...
In Memoriam: Gyorgy Sebok
Gyorgy Sebok A musician of immense skill and gentle humanity, and one who had little time for the pursuit of fame divorced from musical excellence, the pianist Gyorgy Sebok survived both the Nazi occupation of his native Hungary, and the Soviet intervention...
In Memoriam: Kendall Taylor
Kendall Taylor A highly regarded Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music for over fifty years, Kendall Taylor enjoyed a distinguished career as concert pianist for seven decades, giving his first concerto, the Mozart D minor, K.466, aged twelve,...
In Memoriam: Minna Keal
In an affluent and educationally enlightened age that is blessed with a plethora of gifted composers, the example of Minna Keal is instructive. Born in poverty into a working-class household in the year that Bleriot flew across the English Channel, she...
In Memoriam: Phillip Jones
Phillip Jones was a remarkable musician whose vision and skill transformed the image of brass music and its performance in the second half of the twentieth century. He was also a gifted and dedicated administrator, who served as departmental head at...
In Memoriam Thomas Pitfield: Master of Arts
JOHN TURNER recalls the multi-faceted achievement of a Lancastrian composer who died last November THOMAS PITFIELD, who died on 11 November 1999 at the advanced age of ninety-six, was one of the last survivors of the generation of English composers who,...
In Memoriam: Victoria Sladen
Victoria Sladen In her brief career that lasted a mere seven years, the soprano Victoria Sladen enjoyed much success as both a recitalist and concert singer. Possessing a warm, full tone, a strong stage presence and attractive appearance, she sang Butterfly...
Left-Right
Left-right ANDREW THOMSON French cultural politics and music: from the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War Jane F Fulcher Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 1999); xii, 291pp; L47. ISBN 0 19 5120213. Many of us are still tempted to think of traditional...
Letters
Cancelled date In her fascinating letter concerning my review of Nigel Simeone's catalogue of Messiaen's works (Winter MT), Jennifer Bate raises intriguing questions about the premiere of Les corps glorieux. According to Simeone, its premiere took place...
Living on the Edge
Renewal in Britten's The rape of Lucretia IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT a number of Benjamin Britten's operas contain overt theological and religious references. This is as true of works designed for the opera-house, such as The rape of Lucretia (1946) and Billy...
Music or Muzak?
Is it consistent to preach the high modernist faith, when students are now taught to assume that no difference in value exists between, for example, Erwartung and a Peruvian folksong? RECENTLY, an article in The Independent by the novelist, librettist...
News
Professor Simon McVeigh, Head of Music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and Cyril Ehrlich, Visiting Professor, have been awarded a grant of L160,118 over three years for a research project entitled 'The transformation of London concert life,...
Old Grounds or New?
LYN HENDERSON reflects on the evolution of a timehonoured musical procedure in the hands of a major twentieth-century composer THIS YEAR'S most notable musical commemoration is undoubtedly the 250th anniversary of the death of JS Bach. However, 2000...
One Man's Meat
MARIE-ELISABETH TELLENBACH queStionS Maynard Solomon's reading of Benvenuto Cellini as the source of speculation about Schubert's sexuality MAYNARD SOLOMON'S article `Franz Schubert and the peacocks of Benvenuto Cellini' has already been widely discussed....
Peak Practice
Peak practice ANN BOND The historical performance of music: an introduction Colin Lawson & Robin Stowell Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); xiii, 219pp; .L35 / L112.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 62193 3 / 0 521 62738 9. 'Music,' said Marpurg, 'is an inexhaustible...
Stop Press
Some questions about JS Bach and his organ music BACH-admirers not particularly involved in his organ music might appreciate that the manner in which an understanding of this repertory has grown in the last few decades, and the type of questions it raises,...
Taking Stock
Taking stock ARNOLD WHITTALL Schoenberg and his world Edited by Walter Frisch Princeton UP (Princeton, 1999); xi, 352pp; L12.50 pbk. ISBN 0 691048614. This book belongs to a well-established series which, where the twentieth century is concerned, already...
Tears for Fears
Tears for fears JOHN CALDWELL Dowland: Lachrimae (1604) Peter Holman Cambridge Music Handbooks Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); xvi, 100pp; L27.50 / L9.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 58196 6 / 0 521 58829 4. This is a welcome and an absorbing book. Welcome, because...
Tempered by Excess
Tempered by excess ANDREW THOMSON Isaac Albeniz: portrait of a romantic Walter Aaron Clark Oxford UP (Oxford, 1999); xv, 321pp; 45. ISBN 0 19 816369 X. The vagabond life of Isaac Albeniz has attracted numerous biographers, mainly Spanish and French....
Unsuk Chin in Focus: Meditations & Mechanics
ARNOLD WHITTALL SurVeyS the fastidious oeuvre of a Korean composer currently based in Berlin THE FIRST PERFORMANCE of Unsuk Chin's Miroirs des temps for four singers (the Hilliard Ensemble) and orchestra, on 7 November 1999, was a disconcerting occasion....
Wolfgang Graeser (1906-28): A Forgotten Genius
STEPHEN TUNNICLIFFE recalls a pioneering Bach scholar whose career was cut short by a tragically early death NOW THAT BERLIN is once again the capital of a re-united Germany, it is fitting that we should become aware of a musical genius who, during the...