Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 143, No. 1880, Autumn

A Levantine Life
Giuseppe Donizetti at the Ottoman court EMRE ARACI surveys the contribution of the famous composer's elder brother to the cultural life of Turkey 'HE LOVES Constantinople, to which he owes everything; I love Italy because to that country, after my debt...
Braut Und Schwester Bist Du Dem Bruder
Wagner, Otto and the three Mathildes CHRIS WALTON considers the role of one of the Wagner circle's more shadowy and misunderstood figures OTTO WESENDONCK ought to be the object of our envy. His name is familiar to music-lovers across the globe; few patrons...
Curtain Material
Reading opera between the lines: orchestral interludes and cultural meaning from Wagner to Berg Christopher Morris New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2002); xi, 219pp; L45. ISBN 0 521 80738 7. Orchestral interludes...
From the Musical Times 100 Years Ago
From `Wagner at Bayreuth and at Munich (by our special correspondent [Herbert Thompson])', September 1902 ONE DOES NOT LOOK for novelty in the works given at Bayreuth, but novelty in their production experience has taught us to expect. `Der Fliegende...
Group Identities
La Spirale and La Jeune France NIGEL SI ME ONE chronicles the activities of two prominent new music societies in inter-war Paris THE MID-1930s in Paris saw the emergence of two closely-related groups with a membership which overlapped: La Spirale and...
In Memoriam: Alan Shulman
Alan Shulman was a versatile musician, as much at home in jazz as in classical idioms. As a cellist he played for many years under Toscanini and in several chamber groups and jazz ensembles. As a composer, his music was championed by the conductors Guido...
In Memoriam: Earle Brown
Students of twentieth-century music, even those unfamiliar with the sound of his music, will recognise at least one score by Earle Brown: an elegant arrangement of Modrianesque rectangles entitled December 1952. A treat as much for the eye as for the...
In Memoriam: Janet Owen Thomas
Janet Owen Thomas Janet Owen Thomas began her career as an organist but devoted the final decade of her relatively short life to the composition of a small body of fastidiously crafted vocal and chamber works, the majority of them only a few minutes...
In Memoriam: Ralph Shapey
Although the term `campus composer' has come to denote a mild form of abuse, Ralph Shapey, who served the University of Chicago's music department with distinction for nearly thirty years, rose above such petty epithets by writing the kind of bold, dramatic...
Letter
Fleeing fancy One of my late husband's myriad appealing features was his brilliant and often recondite sense of humour. It was an important element both of his personality and of his writing. Its manifestations in the latter, however, have proven a number...
Merely Players?
Merely players? PETER WILLIAMS Playing with history: the historical approach to musical performance John Butt Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2002); xvi, 265pp; L45 / L15.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 81352 2 / 0 521 01358 5. As a former organ student of King's College,...
Piping Time
Mozart and the organ KATALIN KOMLOS traces the extent of Mozart's involvement with the `king of instruments' MOZART'S LIFETIME witnessed the coexistence of four kinds of keyboard instrument: the harpsichord, the clavichord, the fortepiano, and the organ....
Scholarly Saint-Saens
Review-article NIGEL SIMEONE welcomes the entry of the 19th-century French maitre into the musicological pantheon Camille Saint-Saens 1835-1921: a thematic catalogue of his complete works, volume 1: the instrumental works Sabina Teller Ratner Oxford...
Sound Chemistry
Symphony of dreams: the conductor and patron Paul Sacher Lesley Stephenson Ruffer di Rub (Zurich, 2002); 343pp; L18.99. ISBN 3 907625 10 2. It may well be true that Paul Sacher (1906-99) was such an exceptional figure that there's no point in trying...
Spanish Steps
Manuel de Falla and modernism in Spain, 1898-1936 Carol A. Hess University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 2002); xiii, 347pp; 31.50, $50. ISBN 0 226 33038 9. In the present Blairite age of cultural thinness, it's all too easy to feel depressed...
Uttered Music
Uttered music DAVID WRIGHT Britten's musical language Phillip Rupprecht Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2002); x, 358pp; L50, $75. ISBN 0 521 63154 8. The most telling moments in Britten's work are just that - moments, single utterances whose uncanny reverberating...
Was Ist Deutsch?
Was ist deutsch? ROBERT ANDERSON German opera: from the beginnings to Wagner John Warrack Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xv, 447p L45. ISBN 0 521 23532 4. I am grateful to John Warrack for three main reasons: a half century ago, when I was riding a...
Working Life
Working life RICHARD DRAKEFORD Bela Bartok: life and work Benjamin Suchoff The Scarecrow Press, Inc. (Lanham, Maryland, & London, 2001); xi, 327pp: $39.50. ISBN 0 8108 4076 6. The author, in his preface to Bela Bartok: life and work, says he has...