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. 1879, Summer

All Set
All set NICHOLAS JONES Serial music, serial aesthetics: compositional theory in post-war Europe MJ Grant Cambridge UP (Cambridge 2002); 272pp; L45. ISBN 0 521 80458 2. It seems almost inconceivable to imagine a time when the music of Stravinsky, Bartok...
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Better Than None
Eighteen months after its launch, PETER PHILLIPS assesses the merits of a British publishing institution The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Second Edition Edited by Stanley Sadie & John Tyrell Macmillan (London, 2000); 29 volumes; L2950....
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Canon Fodder
The Josquin companion Edited by Richard Sherr Oxford UP (Oxford, 2000); xxix, 691pp; L95. ISBN 0 19 816335 5. 'AND THE CANON KEEPS SHRINKING' [my typography!]: though tucked away quietly at the end of a footnote in Ludwig Finscher's survey of Josquin's...
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Caring for Stravinsky
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Peter Hill Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000), x, pp.170; L26.95/L9.95. ISBN 0 521 62221 2/ 0 521 62714 1. Stravinsky's late music Joseph N. Straus Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001); xviii, 260pp; L45, ISBN 0 521 80220 2. Stravinsky...
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'Es War Einmal.': From the Musical Times 100 Years Ago
May 1902 TIME seems so to impress on the cultured musician the artistic value of the brilliant series of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, that a peculiar sense of anxiety is felt when a new opera [Merrie England] is produced at the Savoy Theatre. Not unnaturally...
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Francis Tregian the Younger as Music Copyist
A legend? DAVID J. SMITH responds to a controversial recent article which reconsiders the provenance of an important collection of 16th/17th-century English manuscripts IN A RECENT article, Ruby Reid Thompson dismisses the established view of the Tregian...
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From the Archive: Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924
Stanford died 150 years ago this year Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924 CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD was a native of Dublin, where he began his musical life as a pupil of Arthur O'Leary and Sir Robert Stewart. He may be said to have lisped in numbers,...
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Going for Green
The English musical renaissance 1840-1940: constructing a national music Second edition Merion Hughes & Robert Stradling Music and Society Manchester UP (Manchester, 2001); xxi, 330pp; L47.50 / 15.99; ISBN 0 7190 5829 5/ ISBN 0 7190 5830 9. DAVID...
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In Memoriam
Yevgeny Svetlanov A musical diplomat in more senses than one, Yevgeny Svetlanov was the musical ambassador par excellence of both the old Soviet Union and the new Russia. As Chief Conductor of the USSR/Russian State Symphony Orchestra for thirty-five...
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In Memoriam: Yevgeny Svetlanov
A musical diplomat in more senses than one, Yevgeny Svetlanov was the musical ambassador par excellence of both the old Soviet Union and the new Russia. As Chief Conductor of the USSR/Russian State Symphony Orchestra for thirty-five years, he championed...
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Lost & Found
In search of opera Carolyn Abbate Princeton UP (Princeton, NJ & Oxford, 2001); xvi, 282pp; 19.95. ISBN 0 691 09003 3. IN HER ARTICLE 'Analysis' for the New Grove dictionary of opera (1992), Carolyn Abbate deplored the tendency of opera analysis to...
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Men of Letters
Thomas Weelkes's text authors ERIC LEWIN ALTSCHULER & WILLIAM JANSEN reflect on the poetry set by one of the greatest of the English madrigalists THOMAS WEELKES (c.1575-1623) is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most creative of the...
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No Looking Back
Jacques Offenbach: Orphee aux enfers: opera-bouffon en 2 acres et 4 tableaux: version de 1858 Edited by Jean-- Christophe Keck. Bote & Bock/Boosey & Hawkes (2001); full score, including CD-Rom with critical commentary, libretto and iconography;...
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Order, Order
From classicism to modernism: western musical culture and the metaphysics of order Brian K. Etter Ashgate (Aldershot, 2001); xviii, 256pp; L47.50. ISBN 0 7546 02850. This is an absorbing analysis of the aesthetic and metaphysical under-- pinnings of...
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Professionally Speaking
Samuel Wesley: a source book Michael Kassler & Philip Olleson Ashgate (Aldershot, 2001); xxiii, 765pp; L65. ISBN 1 85928 357 8. The letters of Samuel Wesley: professional and social correspondence, 1797-1837 Philip Olleson Oxford UP (New York &...
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Trivial Pursuits
Musical meaning: toward a critical history Lawrence Kramer University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2001); ix, 335pp; L37.95/ L15.95 pbk. ISBN 0 520 22824 3 / 0 520 23272 0. PETER WILLIAMS is puzzled by the luxuriously extra--...
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Under the Lens
Michael Finnissy's History of Photography in Sound CHRISTOPHER Fox examines aspects of music, photography and representation in an epic of the contemporary piano repertoire LIKE MOST PEOPLE, COMPOSERS become wary of birthdays as they get older. Will...
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Words of Wisdom
The classics of music: talks, essays, and other writings previously uncollected Donald Francis Tovey Edited by Michael Tilmouth, David Kimbell & Roger Savage Oxford UP (Oxford, 2001); li, 821pp; L60. ISBN 0 19 816214 6. Derrick Puffett on music Edited...
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