Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 147, No. 1896, Autumn

Among the Rushes
Among the rushesIgor Stravinsky: Les Noces Edited by Margarita Mazo & Millan Sachania The Chester Stravinsky Edition Chester Music (London, 2005); lvi, 136pp; study score, £49.95 PBK. ISBN 84609 280 9.Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat: a facsimile...
Dead Beats
Dead beats The virtuoso conductors Raymond Holden Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2005); x, 370pp; £22.50. ISBN 0 300 09326 8.CONDUCTING is an odd business, and its practitioners an odd bunch. There are probably no other musicians who...
Downtown
Downtown Edgard Varèse: composer, sound sculptor, visionary Edited by Felix Meyer & Heidy Zimmermann The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2006); 507pp; £25, $47.95. ISBN 1 84383 211 9.IN 2003 the Sacher Foundation acquired those items of the Varèse estate...
Elsewhere and Erstwhile
Elsewhere and erstwhileMusical encounters at the 1889 Paris World's Fair Annegret Fauser University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2005); xix, 391pp; £40, $75. ISBN 1 58046 185 9.Interpreting the musical past: early music in nineteenth-century...
En Blanc et Noir
En blanc et noir Debussy: Correspondance (1832-1918) Claude Debussy Edited by François Lesure & Denis Herlin Gallimard (Paris, 2005); xix, 2330pp;euro65. ISBN 2 07 077255 1.Debussy's letters to Inghelbrecht: the story of a musical friendship Annotated...
Franz Liszt and the Development of 19th-Century Pianism: A Re-Reading of the Evidence
WHILE FRANZ LISZT'S remarkable pianistic skills have been the subject of much published scholarship, the precise nature of both his own technical development and his contribution to the evolution of piano playing warrants scrutiny within the context...
Imperfection and Colour
Imperfection and colour Morion Feldman says Edited by Chris Villars Hyphen Press (London 2006); 302pp; £25, $50 PBK. ISBN 0907259 31 6.MORTON FELDMAN APPRECIATED FINE THINGS - great paintings, good food, attractive companions - and I suspect he would...
IN MEMORIAM: György Ligeti
(born Budapest, 28 May 1923; died Vienna, 12 June 2006)In March 1957 the 34-year-old Ligeti wrote to Edgard Varèse explaining that, while he and his wife had rights of asylum in Austria, they 'would very much like to live in the USA'. Asking 'if you...
Merchants and Privateers: A Window on the World of William Byrd
ON 24 NOVEMBER 1588 Queen Elizabeth went to St Paul's Cathedral to give thanks for the English victory over the Spanish Armada. She had written verses expressing gratitude to God for the scattering of her enemies, and it seems that William Byrd's musical...
Specifically Speaking
Specifically speaking Studies in music with text David Lewin Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2006); xii, 409pp; £38.99. ISBN 0 19 518208 1.ONE OF THE IRONIES embedded in the sweeping panorama of Richard Taruskin's Oxford history of western...
The Mechanics of Culture: New Music in Hungary since 1990
HUNGARY'S TRANSITION to a democratic system and a free-market economy after the dissolution of Soviet occupation in 1989-90(1) has brought significant changes to the field of composition. This candid 'inside glimpse' of Hungary's new-music life in 2006...
The (Re)appraisal of Rachmaninov's Music: Contradictions and Fallacies
THE YEAR 2003 marked the 130th anniversary of Rachmaninov's birth and the 60th anniversary of his death. During that year, I had the opportunity to lecture on his music in Canada, the United States and England. In preparation for these lectures, I studied...
The Stuttgart Adonis: A Recently Rediscovered Opera by Johann Sigismund Cousser?
THE WÜRTTEMBERGISCHE LANDESBIBLIOTHEK in Stuttgart holds 3 rare treasure from the early history of German-language opera that has lain undisturbed and unnoticed for many years.1 While the library suffered substantial losses during World War II, its collection...
Wagner's Access to Minnesinger Melodies Prior to Completing Tannhäuser
THERE ARE 40 KNOWN MANUSCRIPTS and manuscript fragments that transmit Minnesinger music, but unfortunately, there are no extant manuscript sources containing just text, just music, or both that are contemporaneous with the actual makers of the songs.1...