Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 140, No. 1868, Autumn

Absent Father
IVAN HEWETT relates changing historical perspectives of Haydn to the composer's mercurial presence within his music 'IN ORDER TO rethink Haydn, the stubborn veneer of nineteenth-century habits of reception, which have extended well into this century,...
All in the Eye
In the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death, JANICE WU finds links between his celebrated musical realism and the nineteenth-century passion for the camera DON'T SEE why I shouldn't write a symphony about myself. I consider myself just as interesting...
An Interview with Arvo Part: Sources of Invention
GEOFF SMITH talks to Arvo Part about the sources of his musical invention and the compositional process AT A TIME when publicists worldwide are clamouring to apply the mediadriven rules of popular culture to sell 'high' art, the music of Arvo Part seems...
Best of Times?
'THE POWER OF MUSIC is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.' Thus Beecham in one of his many throwaway apothegms in a long career equalled in political incorrectness only by the Duke of Edinburgh. Beecham was notably unimpressed by musicology...
Debts and Credits
ELIZABETH NORMAN MCKAY finds unexpected links between two major works for piano duet THERE CAN BE no doubt that Schubert was familiar with the music of Hummel, which was frequently heard in concert programmes in Vienna in the early decades of the nineteenth...
Ecstasy of Emulation
JULIAN RUSHTON offers fresh evidence for the positive influence of Berlioz's teacher on the Kyrie of his earliest major liturgical work MY CANDIDATE for the most fascinating musicological discovery of the 1990s is still Berlioz's Messe solennelle of...
First the Music
Hugo Wolf and the Wagnerian inheritance Amanda Glauert Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 1999); vii, 161pp; (English pound)35. ISBN 0 52149637 3. A large part - and perhaps the best - of this book consists of exercises in practical criticism. The text is there...
From the Musical Times 100 and 50 Years Ago
Once upon a time... The Musical Times, November 1899 By the time these lines appear, Mr. Taylor's new cantata will have been produced at the North Staffordshire Musical Festival at Hanley Admirers of the now famous 'Hiawatha's Wedding Feast' will turn...
Going Solo
WILLIAM DRABKIN Beethoven's concertos: history, style, performance Leon Plantinga. Norton (New York, 1999); xi, 403pp; $49.95. ISBN 0 393 046915. Beethoven's involvement with the concerto, though it produced some of the greatest orchestral works of the...
Going West
CHRISTOPHER Fox finds much to commend in three recent books on American music The Cambridge history of American music Edited by David Nicholls Cambridge UP, (Cambridge, 1998); xv, 637pp; 55. ISBN 0 52145429 8. Lou Harrison: composing a world Leta E....
In Memoriam
Joaquin Rodrigo For fifty years and on the basis of the Concierto de Aranjuez, Joaquin Rodrigo was widely regarded as Spain's most important living composer. With over 150 pieces to his credit, he was far from being a `one-work' composer. Nevertheless,...
Into the Sensuous World
ROBERT ADLINGTON surveys the intricate and challenging works of a composer who explores the extremes of our musical perception REBECCA SAUNDERS'S Quartet for clarinet, accordion, double bass and piano opens with a gesture of closure: the pianist is instructed...
Letters of Credit
ANDREW THOMSON Olivier Messiaen: a bibliographical catalogue of Messiaen's works Nigel Simeone Hans Schneider (Tutzing, 1998); xix, 249pp; 142DM. ISBN 3 7952 09471. "Bien cher Felix": Letters from Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod to Felix Aprahamian...
News
The Royal Academy of Music, founded in 1822 and Britain's senior conservatoire, has become the first such institution to be admitted as a college within the federal structure of the University of London. Since June, it has enjoyed the same status as...
She Never Told Her Love
KATALIN KOMLOS considers the dual rhetoric of Haydn's only Shakespeare setting, found in the second set of Six Canzonettas of 1795 IN ACT 4 SCENE 3 of Shakespeare's Othello, Desdemona and Emilia pursue a dialogue, in the course of which Desdemona relates...
Still Revolving
DAVID BRUCE welcomes a crop of recent Birtwistle publications that reveal a composer still at the height of his powers MICHAEL HALLS second Birtwistle book aims to create an overview of the composer's work since the early 1980s, as well as to draw together...
Style Free
WARWICK COLE Oxford composer companions: JS Bach Edited by Malcolm Boyd Oxford UP, (Oxford,1999); xxv, 626pp; 40. ISBN 019 866208 4. The veritable explosion of interest in and scholarly activity concerning the music and person of JS Bach over the last...
Wasted on Play?
IAN SHARP considers the reputation of a classic work of music education which has influenced the training of generations of pianists to the present day THE YEAR 1848 was a memorable date in several ways, not least in terms of war, revolution, and great...