Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 145, No. 1886, Spring

Act of Faith: Klemperer and the 'Scottish' Symphony
At one point during the rehearsals for [his] Eighth Symphony [Mahler] turned to some of us in the auditorium and said, 'If, after my death, something doesn't sound right, then change it. You have not only the right but the duty to do so'.Those are good...
Apres la Guerre
Apres la guerreFor the end of Time: the story of the Messtaen Quartet Rebecca Rischin Cornell University Press (Ithaca & London, 2003); xii, 167pp; £17.50, $28.95. ISBN 0 80144166.Cinquante ans de modernite musicale: de Darmstadt a l'IRCAM: contribution...
Feare No More: Myth and Miracle in a Song of Shakespeare
THE CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY defines the word 'myth' in three ways: (1) 'traditional narrative, usually involving supernatural or fancied persons etc., embodying popular ideas of natural and social phenomena'; (2) 'allegory'; (3) 'a fictitious thing...
Gap Years
Gap yearsMusic in European capitals: the galant style, 1720-1780 Daniel Heartz Norton (New York & London, 2003); xxiv, 1078pp; $100. ISBN 0 393 050807.Empress Marie Therese and music at the Viennese court, 172-1807 John A. Rice Cambridge University...
Grand Designs
Grand designs The Cambridge companion to grand opera Edited by David Charlton Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2003); xxi, 496pp; £50, $70/£19.99, $26 PBK-ISBN 0 521 641187/0521 64683 9.AN EXCITING development in recent musical sholarship is the proper revaluation...
Joyful Singing: Byrd's Music at a Royal Christening
THE ORDER of service for the christening of Mary, daughter of James I, is given in the 'Old cheque book' of the Chapel Royal.1 Towards the end of the service 'Then ffollowed a full Anthem (singe Joyfullye)'.2 Short of an outright attribution, this can...
Lectio Divina
Lectio divina The life of Bach Peter Williams Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2004); viii, 219pp; £40, $60/£14.95, $22 PBK. ISBN 0 521 82636 5/0 521 53374 0.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS'S Series of smallish books (around 200 pages, without music-type...
Letters
Still at largeThe article by Altschuler & Jansen ('Gentlemen at large', Winter 2003 MT) introduces interesting speculation about the identity of Yonge's 'gentleman'. There are, however, more clues in the preface to the 1588 Musica Tramalpina than...
Meaningful Moments
Meaningful moments Programming the absolute: nineteenth-century German music and the hermeneutics of the moment Berthold Hoeckner Princeton University Press (Princeton & Oxford, 2002); xix, 346pp; £35. ISBN 0 691 00149 9.WHO, one wonders, might people...
Peripheral Visions?
THE MUSICAL TIMES for summer 2003 contained an article1 which I read as an apologia for what has been called the 'New Musicology', a phrase to occur not only in MT but in various kinds of literature familiar today to teachers in higher musical education...
Reading the Leaves
Reading the leaves The modern invention of medieval music: scholarship, ideology, performance Daniel Leech-Wilkinson Musical Performance and Reception Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2003); xi, 335pp; £47.50, $65. ISBN 0 521 81870 2.THIS INFLUENTIAL...
Reclaiming Crossover
This article forms the Epilogue to Peter Phillips's highly praised account of 30 years of Renaissance polyphony, What we really do, published by The Musical Times Publications and available for £18.20/euro 28/$31 (postage included) through our website...
Sunday Music: The Sonatas of Domenico Paradies
This year marks the 250th anniversary of the first publication of Domenico Paradies's 12 Sonate di gravicembalo.MOST PIANISTS and harpsichordists remember the name Domenico Paradies because of the short, but brilliant composition best-known as 'Toccata...
The Poietic Fallacy
Arnold Schoenberg's journey, by Allen Shawn, is published in paperback by Harvard University Press at £12.95.DURING HIS LIFETIME, and even-astonishingly-in the half-century since his death, the music of Arnold Schoenberg has been influential and controversial...
Yeasayers
YeasayersRobin Holloway on music: essays and diversions: 1963-2003 Robin Holloway Claridge Press (Brinkworth, 2003); xiii, 438pp; £30. ISBN 1 870626 74 5.Sing, Ariel: essays and thoughts for Alexander Goehr's seventieth birthday Edited by Alison Latham...