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. 1877, Winter

Altered States
Altered States DAVID WRIGHT Making music modern: New York in the 1920s Carol J. Oja Oxford UP (New York, 2000); xii, 493pp; L33.00. ISBN 0 19 505849 6. America's musical life: a history Richard Crawford Norton (New York, 2001); xv, 976pp; L30. ISBN 0...
Beyond Britten
Guest editorial TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after Benjamin Britten's death, on 4 December 1976, his place in musical life seems secure: his operas remain the principal post-Strauss/ Puccini/Janacek repertory pieces, world-wide, while many other vocal and instrumental...
In Memoriam: Ernest Warburton
Ernest Warburton Scholarship and the media can often make for inimical bedfellows, but Ernest Warburton combined the one with little detriment to the other. For most of his career he was an executive with BBC Radio; but he was also a musicologist of...
In Memoriam: Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern was one of the foremost violinists of his day, a player who valued communication and intensity of utterance over mere technical perfection. His approach throughout a career lasting more than six decades was essentially a nineteenth-century...
In Memoriam: Jeanne Loriod
Jeanne Loriod On 20 April 1928 Dimitrios Levidis's Pomme symphonique was premiered at the Paris Opera, The soloist was Maurice Martenot, performing for the first time in public on an electronic device of his own invention. The composer has all but been...
Letters
Mastering the present I entirely agree with Richard Witts. His forthright article `Remastering the past' (MT Autumn 2001) venturesomely enunciates some of the current and now well-established social, cultural and economic conventions and conditions inherent...
Mystic Moments
Mystic moments ANDREW THOMSON Faure and French musical aesthetics Carlo Caballero Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xi, 333pp; 45. ISBN 0 52178107 8. In the fiftieth anniversary year of the death of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein - a man, moreover,...
News
Appointments George Benjamin succeeds Sir Harrison Birtwistle CH as Henry Purcell Professor of Composition in the Department of Music at King's College London. Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra succeed Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony...
News and Views
News and views YO TOMITA Bach: the Goldberg variations Peter Williams Cambridge Music Handbooks Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); vi, 112pp; L37.50 / L12.95 pbk. 0 521 80735 2 / 0 521 00193 5. This latest addition to the Cambridge Music Handbooks Series...
Perahia's Musical Dialogue
Chopin in performance JOHN RINK discusses aspects of Chopin interpretation with the international concert-pianist Murray Perahia MY FIRST CONVERSATION with the concert-pianist Murray Perahia took place many years ago; the most recent occurred at his...
Period Piece
Period piece PETER WILLIAMS Music of the baroque David Shulenberg Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2001); xiv, 349pp; L25. ISBN 0 19 512232 1. Music of the baroque: an anthology of scores David Schulenberg Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2001); x,...
Puffett's Progress
From the diary of a music analyst KATHRYN PUFFETT introduces extracts from the private journal of the distinguished British writer on music WHEN ANTONY BYE suggested that I write something about my late husband to coincide with Ashgate's publication...
Redeeming Rubbra
Generic fusion in the `Sinfonia Sacra' JOHN PICKARD explores aspects of the composer's Ninth Symphony, the `climax of his musical achievement' IT WAS INEVITABLE that Edmund Rubbra would eventually write a choral symphony, thus fusing the two main strands...
Sad Tales for Winter
Britten's 'Lyrics and ballads of Thomas Hardy' In the 25th anniversary year since the composer's death WILFRID MELLERS revisits a classic English song cycle IN 1953 BENJAMIN BRITTEN COMPOSED - only a few years after his Spring symphony of 1949 - his...
So near, So Far
MICHAEL FULLER The possessor and the possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the idea of musical genius Peter Kivy Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2001); xiv, 287pp; 25. ISBN 0 300 08758 6. The thesis of this energetic and entertaining book is readily...
Typically Withit
ROBIN HOLLOWAY The music and thought of Michael Tippett: modern times and metaphysics David Clarke Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xii, 343pp; 47.50. ISBN 0 521 58292 X. I have often wanted to be a publisher's reader: I could save them much effort and...
UK Gold
UK gold STEPHEN BANFIELD A dictionary-catalog of modern British composers Alan Poultoon Greenwood Press (Connecticut, 2000); 3 volumes, xliv, [xiv, xiv,] 1701 pp; L 210.50. When The new Grove appeared in 1980, some said, half seriously, that it marked...
Unfinished Business
Editing Mahler 10 FRANS BOUWMAN surveys the publication history of Mahler's Tenth Symphony, and outlines a plan for a new user-friendly edition faithful to the surviving material SIX FULLY-FLEDGED performing versions of the draft of Gustav Mahler's unfinished...
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Kurtzman on Holman JEFFREY KURTZMAN responds to issues raised by Peter Holman's review of his book on the Monteverdi Vespers IN HIS REVIEW of my Oxford University Press book, The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610: music, context, performance,1 Peter Holman,...