Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 144, No. 1884, Autumn

Battle Songs
Battle songs ARNOLD WHITTALL appraises some musical and musicological responses to World War 1MUSICALLY, WHAT mattered most about the years 1914-18? The completion of Die Frau ohne Schatten, Debussy's three sonatas, the first version of Les noces, The...
'Dear Maitre Tournemire': Charles Tournemire's Correspondence with Felix Aprahamian and His Visit to London in 1936
His master's voice ANDREW THOMSON 'Dear Maitre Tournemire': Charles Tournemire's correspondence with Felix Aprahamian and his visit to London in 1936 Edited by Nigel Simeone Bangor Monographs in Musicology (Bangor, 2003); 61pp; L7.50 pbk.It's my pleasure...
Exploring Twentieth-Century Music: Tradition and Innovation
Modernist moments NIGEL SIMEONE Exploring twentieth-century music: tradition and innovation Arnold Whittall Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2003); xi, 238pp; L47.50 / L16.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 81642 4 / 0 521 01668 1.This absorbing book is derived in part from...
In Search of Schubert's Doppelganger
DAVID BRETHERTON addresses some issues raised by a neglected Adorno essayADORNO'S ESSAY 'Schubert' is a remarkable piece of writing, and many people are likely to take a renewed interest in it following recent discussions at the 2002 Society for Music...
Keller Via Freud
From psychology to musicCHRISTOPHER WINTLE traces the indebtedness of the eminent emigre critic to the father of psychoanalysisIT IS OFTEN ASKED, what has music to do with psychology - or more particularly with psychoanalysis, its Freudian branch? One...
Lambert, Finzi and the Anatomy of the Boyce Revival
IAN BARTLETT charts the belated ascendancy of the eighteenth-century English masterDURING THE CENTENARY OF THE birth of Gerald Finzi in 2001, his main publishers, Boosey & Hawkes, were able to log over 400 performances of his music. Inevitably, and...
Luminous, but with Shadows
Anthony Powers at 50NICHOLAS JONES surveys the oeuvre of the quinquagenarian English composerFOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, the music of Anthony Powers has elicited much favourable criticism. Indeed, who could not fail to be impressed by the immaculate craftsmanship,...
Monteverdi's Musical Theatre
Stageworthy PETER WILLIAMS Monteverdi's musical theatre Tim Carter Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2002); x, 326pp; L25. ISBN 0 300 09676 3.Near the close of his major new book, Professor Carter explains its thrust: much of what happens in Monteverdi's...
Music & German National Identity
Uber alles? ARNOLD WHITTALL Music & German national identity Edited by Celia Applegate & Pamela Potter University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 2002); x, 319pp; L31.50 / L14 pbk. ISBN 0 226 02130 0/0 226 02131 9.'Yet another interdisciplinary...
New Light, but Also More Confusion, on 'Es Muss Sein'
GERALD SILVERMAN considers the intriguing ramifications of a Handel-Beethoven linkTHAT BEETHOVEN revered highly the music of Handel is a famous fact. As early as 1796 he wrote a set of variations for cello and piano on a theme from Judas Maccabeus (WoO45);...
Palestrina and the German Romantic Imagination
Perfectly Palestrina PETER PHILLIPS Palestrina and the German Romantic imagination James Garratt Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2002); xiv, 318pp; L50. ISBN 0 521 80737 9.Palestrina's claim to have been the most influential composer in the history of music...
Prokofiev: From Russia to the West 1891-1935
Soviet survivor LYN HENDERSON Prokofiev: from Russia to the West 1891-1935 David Nice Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2003); xviii, 390pp; L25. ISBN 0 300 09914 2.What a joy it is to come across a publication that can be wholeheartedly recommended,...
Reflections of an American Composer
Code breaking ARNOLD WHITTALL Reflections of an American composer Arthur Berger University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2002); viii, 270pp; L29.95, $44.95. ISBN 0 520 23251 8.It might be thought that the eminent American composer,...
Seventeenth-Century British Keyboard Sources
At source DAVID J. SMITH Seventeenth-century British keyboard sources Candace Bailey Harmonie Park Press (Warren, Michigan, 2003); xviii, 151pp; $42.50. ISBN 0 8999113 1.This is the latest in a number of source studies of early British keyboard music...
Sharp Practice
Gavin Bryars at 60CHRISTOPHER FOX investigates the mellifluously melancholic music of a sexagenarian master of mysteryGAVIN BRYARS is sixty this year and his birthday on 16 January generated considerable media attention. It is a mark of his reputation...
The Mendelssohns: Their Music in History
Bright ideas PETER WILLIAMS The Mendelssohns: their music in history Edited by John Michael Cooper & Julie D. Prandi Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2003); xxii, 382pp; L65. ISBN 0 19 816723 7.Seventeen of twenty scholarly papers presented at Illinois...
Themes & Motives 1
Integration in SchubertIn the first of two articles MICHAEL GRAUBART demonstrates the great composer's formal masterySCHUBERT'S WAS an age of social change. Economic power and cultural hegemony were shifting from the aristocracy, employing their own...
The Music of Lord Berners (1883-1950): 'The Versatile Peer'
Peer review ANDREW THOMSON The music of Lord Berners (1883-1950): The Versatile Peer' Bryony Jones Ashgate (Aldershot, 2002); vii, 155pp; L35. ISBN 0 7546 0852 2.Succinct, focused and not at all dry, this admirable study of the music of Lord Berners...
Unquiet Heart and Brain
Luciano Berio: in memoriamARNOLD WHITTALL assesses the texturally complex, hugely imaginative legacy of the modern Italian master, who died in MayBACK IN 1994 a series of Berio concerts in London inspired a penetrating assessment of his work in the August...