Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 146, No. 1892, Autumn

Berg's Sketches and the Inception of Wozzeck: 1914-18
I saw Wozzeck performed before the war, and it made such a huge impression, that I immediately decided (after a second hearing) to set it to music.Alban Berg to Anton Webern, 19 August 1918(1)DESPITE Berg's determination to compose an opera on Buchner's...
Choral Performance: A Guide to Historical Practice
Third way Choral performance: a guide to historical practice Steven E. Plank Scarecrow Press (Lanham, Maryland, & Oxford, 2004); viii, 127pp; £16.99 PBK. ISBN °8108 5141 5.THE early music movement has its own history of which Steven E. Plank's Choral...
Elgar and Academicism 2: Practice beyond Theory
IT IS FASCINATING to picture the young Elgar at work on the textbooks briefly reviewed in the first article of this series (Summer MT), and to imagine the more stimulating textbooks he himself might have written in later life. But his (far more important)...
Elgar: Child of dreams/The Cambridge Companion to Elgar
Native & colonial Elgar: child of dreams Jerrold Northrop Moore Faber & Faber (London, 2004); viii, 212pp; £14.99. ISBN 0 571 22337 0The Cambridge companion to Elgar Edited by Daniel M. Grimley & Julian Rushton Cambridge University Press...
Handel and the English Chapel Royal/The Italian Solo Concerto, 1700-1760: Rhetorical Strategies and Style History
Beyond the baroque Handel and the English Chapel Royal Donald Burrows Oxford Studies in British Church Music Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2005); xxiv, 651pp; £85. ISBN O 19 816228 6.The Italian solo concerto, 1700-1760: rhetorical strategies and...
Letters
Scholarly discernmentI was moved by Barry Millington's lovely appreciation of Stanley Sadie in the summer issue of MT. Millington expresses well what I might have written myself, having been another one of the many who were materially assisted by Stanley...
Music and the Aesthetics of Modernity: Essays
Beyond the enchanted realm Music and the aesthetics of modernity: essays Edited by Karol Berger & Anthony Newcomb Harvard University Department of Music/Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass., & London, 2005); xviii, 412pp; £22.95. ISBN 0...
Playing the 'Great Game'?: Maxwell Davies, Sonata Form, and the Naxos Quartet No.1
Of course, in a piece like my First Symphony, people are always going to be conscious of the ghost of what an orchestral symphony is, and that I like to work with as well: to impose on that my own particular imagining of what an orchestra is. [...] It...
Pocahontas in the Alps: Masonic Traces in the Stage Works of Franz Christoph Neubauer
A SORRY TALE IT IS, with no hint of a happy-ever-after. Inkle, an English merchant, arrives at the shores of North America in the midiooos. The local inhabitants, understandably perturbed, attack him and his companions. But he is found and nursed by...
Resistance and Reflection: Richard Barrett in the 21st Century
As capitalism becomes frantic in its efforts to survive, only the armaments industry flourishes. Are we not fools to let ourselves be so misused? [...] If the murderous weapons of war are to be forced once again into our hands, what are we going to do...
Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel De Falla
Don's delights Sacred passions: the life and music of Manuel de Falla Carol A. Hess Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2005); xvii, 349pp; £24.50. ISBN 0 19 514561 5.THIS BRILLIANT BOOK is not exactly what it appears to be. Despite its subtitle,...
Shakespeariana in a Thomas Weelkes Dedication from 1600
IN THE FIRST of two dedications to his Madrigals of 5 and 6 parts (1600) Thomas Weelkes claims that his work is 'untoucht by other arts [than music]'. Perhaps because of the literal acceptance of this phrase and despite Weelkes's evident literary proficiencies,...
The English Bach Awakening: Knowledge of JS Bach and His Music in England 1750-1830
Recalled to life The English Bach awakening: knowledge of JS Bach and his music in England 1750-1830 Edited by Michael Kassler Ashgate (Aldershot, 2004); xxi, 455pp; £65. ISBN 0 84014 666 4.REPORTS of Bach's impact on people after his death, their incomplete...
Three Modes of Perception in Mozart: The Philosophical, Pastoral and Comic in Così Fan Tutte
Problems & perfections Three modes of perception in Mozart: the philosophical, pastoral and comic in Così fan tutte Edmund J. Goehring Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2004); xvii, 301pp; £45, $80. ISBN 0 521 83881 9.COSÌ FAN TUTTE has long...