Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 148, No. 1899, Summer

Composing Africa: Stefans Grové at 85
IF ONE WERE TO PUT THE CITIES AND SETTLEMENTS of South Africa on an imaginary sliding scale of cultural significance, the little town of Bethlehem in the Free State would probably be amongst those jockeying for bottom place. Founded by the Boers on their...
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Dean's Delight
Dean's delight Handel's operas 1326-1341 Winton Dean The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2006); xx, 565pp; £49.95, $85. ISBN 184183 268 2.THIS long-awaited volume completes Winton Dean's comprehensive study of Handel's operas. It covers a difficult period...
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Existential Elgar
Existential Elgar Edward Elgar, modernist JPE Harper-Scott Music in the ioth Century Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1006); xiii, 255pp;£50, $90. ISBN 978 o 521 86200 4.INFLUENCED by the current musicological climate and emboldened by the publication...
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Fair Exchange
Fair exchange The correspondence of Alan Bush and John Ireland 1927-1961 Compiled by Rachel O'Higgins Ashgate (Aldershot, 2006); xxxviii, 366pp; £60. ISBN 075464044 2.OF ALL John Ireland's students at the Royal College of Music, Britten was naturally...
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Father and Son
Father and son Alessandro and Domemco Scarlatti; two lives in one Roberto Pagano Translated by Frederick Hammond Pendragon Press (Hillsdale, NY, 2006); xxvii, 381pp;$56. ISBN 1 57647 108 x.APITY THIS BOOK WAS NOT OUT WHEN I reviewed various musical biographies...
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In the Red
In the red Creative union: the professional organisation of Soviet composers, 1939-1953 Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (Ithaca & London, 2006); xiv, $21pp; $57.50. ISBN 0 8014 4411 x.A TRIUMPH of the human spirit over the crushing forces of...
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Letter
Dissenting voicesIn his MT review (Winter 200(1) of Back 's changing world: voices m the community Peter Williams expressed impatience with biographical writings in which, as he put it, 'text, musical or otherwise, can be drowned out by context1. Yet...
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Lost Paradises: Music and the Aesthetics of Symbolism
IN HIS CONTRIBUTION to The concise encyclopedia of Symbolism, Francis Claudon observed over 25 years ago that an article on Symbolism as an artistic phenomenon was lacking from several renowned dictionaries of music.1 There is still no such article in...
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Mixed Doubles
Mixed doubles Cage Talk: dialogues with and about John Cage Edited by Peter Dickinson University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 1006); xiii, 265pp; £25. ISBN 1 58046 237 5.THERE ARE BOOKS which have to be produced and there are...
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Music in the Atomic Age
Thisis the edited transcript of an interview with Lyn Gallacher of the Australian Broadcasting Commission Radio National's The Book Programme, broadcast on August 2006. It is reproduced with the kind permission of Lyn Gallacher and ABC Radio National.Lyn...
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'O Master of Secret Configurations': Reflections on the Adorno/Berg Correspondence
'O master of secret configurations': reflections on the Adorno/Berg correspondence Correspondence: 1925-1955 Theodor Adorno & Alban Berg Polity Press (London, 1005); xi, 268pp; £25,$35.95. ISBN 978 07456 2335 1.... by what chord would one diagnose...
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Parisian Patrons
Parisian patrons Mécènes et musiciens: du salon au concert à Paris sous la IIIe République Myriam Chimènes Fayard (Paris, 2004);776pp, euro30 PBK. ISBN 2 213 61696 5.THIS IMPORTANT and absorbing book considers French musical life from the 18703 to the...
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Royal Peculiar: The Music and Patronage of Philippe of Orléans, Regent of France
For Peter Williams on his 70th birthdayPHILIPPE OF ORLÉANS, nephew of Louis XIV, took power as Regent on behalf of the five-year-old King Louis X V in 1715 and ruled France in this capacity for eight years, until the young monarch's coronation on 15...
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Symphonic Studies
Symphonic studiesThe symphony in Beethoven's Vienna David Wyn Jones Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 1006); xii, 23ipp; £50, $90. ISBN 978 o 521 86261 5.Music as thought: listening to the symphony in the age of Beethoven Mark Evan Bonds Princeton...
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The Elements of James Dillon
THE STORY OF PHILOMELA, surviving in a dramatic fragment by Sophocles and in Ovid's Metamorphoses, is one of the most bloodthirsty and disquieting of all the ancient Greek myths. Perhaps most disconcerting of all to modern minds is the almost casual...
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