Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 149, No. 1904, Autumn

A Solitary Genius: The Establishment of Pärt's Technique (1958-68)
USING THE SAME WORDS in which Prokofiev described Scriabin,1 one might say that Part is a 'solitary genius'. He has stepped outside the main current of his time to inhabit his own world of 'tmtinnabuli', a distinctly personal method that informs the...
Chasing a Myth and a Legend: 'The British Musical Renaissance' in a 'Land without Music'
To Dr Alan MarshallTWO IMPORTANT PHRASES were created to deal with British music as the 19th century turned into the 20th. These phrases have, apart from one attempt in 1995,1 not been reconsidered for some time, although they have had a huge impact...
Cold Comfort Balm
Cold comfort balm Staking Out the Territory and other writings on music Hugh Wood Plumbago Books (London, 2007); xiv, 210pp; £40 / £15.99 PBK-ISBN 978 0955608704 / 97809556087 1 4.OF THE THREE COMPOSER-TEACHERS active at Cambridge University during the...
Concerts for Coteries, or Music for All? Glock's Proms Reconsidered
THE EVERYMAN LIBRARY was established to make the world's great literary works available in good, inexpensive editions. Founded in 1906 by the publisher JM Dent, himself an autodidact of workingclass origins, 'Everyman' was one of several philanthropic...
Harmony and Brotherly Love: Musicians and Freemasonry in 18th-Century Durham City
THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN a great deal of research into music and its links with Freemasonry in the capital but so far little in the provinces and virtually none into the lodges of County Durham itself.1 Previous scholars who have delved into the music...
Letter
Enharmonies in BackEric Lewin Altschuler's letter 'Enharmonies in Bach' (Summer 2008, pp.2-4) raises the interesting hypothesis that enharmonic notes and transpositions somehow 'shed light on Bach's acceptance of equal temperament over nonequal temperament'....
Lord Arthur's 'Infernals': Balfour and the Concertina
THAT THE STATESMAN Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930, Prime Minister 1902-1905) - best remembered today for his famous 'Declaration' of 1917, which supported Zionist plans for a Jewish homeland in Palestine - played the English concertina has long been...
Maximum Volume
Gustav Mahler, volume 4: a new life cut short (1907-1911) Henry-Louis de la Grange Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 1008); xviii, 1758pp; £70. ISBN 978 0 19 816387 9.Discovering Mahler: writings on Mahler, 1955-2005 Donald Mitchell Selected...
Sterndale Bennett's Piano Music
Among other [English] composers only one secured a place for himself in the romantic movement. William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875), admired by Mendelssohn and Schumann, could have become a great composer and full-fledged member of the Leipzig romantic...
Taking Chances
Taking chances John Cage David Nicholls University of Illinois Press (Urbana & Chicago, 2007); 144pp; $35. ISBN 978 0 252 0321 8.NEW READERS begin here. This brief volume is the perfect introduction to the life and work of John Cage. In just 113...
Three Last Things
Three last things Monteverdi's last operas: a Venetian trilogy Ellen Rosand University of California Press (Berkeley & Los Angeles, 2007); xxiv, 447pp; £35. ISBN 9780 520 24934 9.READING THIS BOOK made my blood run cold. I must have taught L'incoronazione...
Under the Hammer
After the golden age: romantic piartism and modern performance Kenneth Hamilton Oxford UP (New York & Oxford, 2008); xv, 304pp; £17.99. ISBN 978 0 19 517826 5.Johann Nepomuk Hummel: a musician's life and world Mark Kroll Scarecrow Press (Lanham &...
War Games
Diaries 1915-1923: behind the mask Sergey Prokofiev Translated and annotated by Anthony Phillips Faber & Faber (London, 2008); xxiii, 775pp; £30; ISBN 978 0 571 22630 6.Prokofiev's piano sonatas Boris Herman Yale University Press (New Haven &...