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. 1882, Spring

American Allegiances
ARNOLD WHITTALL detects a Eurosceptic strain in the musings of three distinguished transatlantic composers DURING the conversations with Paul Hillier from 1998-99 which bring Writings on music to an end, Steve Reich describes the 'huge shift' that took...
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Called to the Colours
The music of Berlioz Julian Rushton Oxford UP (Oxford, 2001); xv, 363pp; L40 / 15.99 pbk. ISBN 0 19 816690 / 0 19 816738 5. Berlioz's orchestration treatise: a translation and commentary Hugh Macdonald Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2002); xxxix, 388pp; 75....
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David Matthews at 60: Visions of Reality
THOMAS HYDE surveys the symphonic oeuvre of the distinguished British composer, sixty in March PROFILING the composer David Matthews in 1990, Calum MacDonald described him as `hardly an unsuccessful composer, or one ripe for revaluation. Valuation might...
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Death's Bright Angels
Review-article DAVID WRIGHT considers three new contributions to the re-evaluation of nineteenth-century British musical life What might be called the dead hand of the Church organist and the academician has lain heavily over music in this country for...
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Frank Denyer at 60: Butterfly Effect
BOB GILMORE introduces the work of 'one of the better kept secrets of English music', whose birthday falls in April MUSIC HISTORY NEEDS a special category for those composers who, with their three-score years knocking ominously at the door and a substantial...
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French without Fears
Review-article NIGEL SIMEONE hails an instant classic of musical activity in inter-war Paris The harlequin years: music in Paris 1917-1929 Roger Nichols Thames & Hudson (London, 2002); 288pp; L24.95. ISBN 0 500 51095 4. IT MAY HAVE TAKEN almost two...
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Further Aspects of 'Thule': Wondrous Weelkes
(Proquest Information and Learning: ... denotes non-USACSII text omitted.) ERIC LEWIN ALTSCHULER LET WILLIAM JANSEN reappraise a masterpiece by one of the greatest and most creative of the English Madrigalists BY COMMON CONSENT, Thomas Weelkes (c. 1575-1623)...
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His Influence on Britten: The Vital Prokofiev
LYN HENDERSON traces the musical relationship between the two twentieth-century masters The death of this composer who possessed such wonderful vitality, such daring, such optimism, is a great loss to the entire world.1 SO WROTE Benjamin Britten on learning...
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In Memoriam: John Browning
Among the select body of distinguished piano concertos composed since the Second World War, Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize-winning contribution to the genre, commissioned for the inaugural concert of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New...
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In Memoriam: Lou Harrison
Long before the record industry's aggressive promotion of `world music', Lou Harrison was already celebrating the richness and diversity of non-Western musics through his own idiosyncratic creations for eastern and western forces. He was extraordinarily...
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New Russia
A history of Russian music: from Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar Francis Maes Translated from the Dutch by Arnold J. Pomerans and Erica Pomerans University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2002); xiv, 427pp; L29.95, $45. ISBN 0 520 21815...
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Past and Present
Past and present AMANDA BAYLEY Lutoslawski studies Edited by Zbigniew Skowron Oxford UP (Oxford, 2001); xviii, 370pp; 65. ISBN 0 19 816660 5. As the two major English-language monographs on Lutoslawski Steven Stucky's Lutoslawski and his music (CUP,...
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Perceptive Practice
Perceptive practice PETER WILLIAMS Musical performance: a guide to understanding Edited by John Rink Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2002); xiii, 245pp; L40 / L14.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 78300 3 / 0 521 78862 5. The title is beguiling in its ambiguity, misleading...
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Prokofiev's Op.38 and Op.135: Crowning the Opus
FIONA WALSH re-evaluates the two versions of the Russian master's Fifth Piano Sonata PROKOFIEV'S NINE PIANO SONATAS have never been his best-known or most deeply appreciated works, and the Fifth Sonata has been possibly the least performed and discussed...
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Romantic Longings
Romantic longings CHRIS WALTON Nineteenth-century music: selected proceedings of the Tenth International Conference Edited by Jim Samson & Bennett Zon Ashgate (Aldershot, 2002); xxi, 373pp; L59.50. ISBN 0 7546 0205 2. Is there a century as pampered...
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Surveying Stanford
Review-article ROBERT AND ERS ON welcomes two timely reappraisals of the neglected Anglo-Irish composer and pedagogue Charles Villiers Stanford Paul Rodmell Music in 19thCentury Britain Ashgate (Aldershot, 2002); xxi, 495pp; L57.50. ISBN 185928 198 2....
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The B Minor Sonata Revisited: Deciphering Liszt
Is the Hungarian master's great piano work more than its title suggests? DAVIDBROWN offers a new interpretation. He [Liszt] was content simply to describe his masterpiece by the generic term 'sonata' - an inscrutable title that seems to close the door...
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Which Side Are You On?
CHRISTOPHER Fox salutes a prodigious contribution to the late-twentieth-century piano repertoire IT IS SOME TIME since The Musical Times included CD reviews, and if this article is used as a precedent then it may well be some time before CDs feature...
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