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. 1900, Autumn

Aspects of William Byrd's Musical Recusancy
IT HAS LONG BEEN CLEAR that the texts of many motets in Byrd's 1589 Camiones sacrae carry hidden meanings portraying the plight of contemporary English Catholics and, indeed, offering consolation for their suffering. Of particular importance in this...
Broadening the Baroque
Broadening the baroqueThe creative development of Johann Sebastian Back, volume 1: 1695-1717: music to delight the spirit Richard DP Jones Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2007); xiv, 335pp; £75. ISBN 978 0 19 816440 1.Crossing confessional...
'Brought to Speake English with the Rest': Byrd's Motet Contrafacta
A SURPRISINGLY LARGE PERCENTAGE of the music circulating in Renaissance Europe was contrafacted in some way. The contrafacting process, in the most basic terms, is the process of fitting new text to pre-existing music. It most often produces a change...
Grasping the Subject
Grasping the subjectCritical musicology and the responsibility of response Lawrence Kramer Ashgate (Aldershot, 2006); xxiii, 322pp; £65, $124.95. ISBN 978 0 7546 26640.Why classical music still matters Lawrence Kramer University of California Press (Berkeley,...
Great Expectations: Grieg and Grainger
This article includes material presented in the opening keynote address, 'Percy Grainger: Grieg's interpreter and propagator', to the International Grieg Society Conference, 'Beyond Grieg', held in Bergen during 30 May to 2 June 2007. All quotations...
Happy Birthday, Cosimo Gaetano Guadagni!
GUADAGNI WAS ONE of the best known of the great 18th-century castratos, creating roles for all his major contemporaries, including Gluck, Handel, Hasse, Jommelli and Traetta. He was also, at least towards the end of his life when mellowed by success,...
Into the Arena
Into the arena The Proms: a new history Edited by Jenny Doctor & David Wright Thames & Hudson (London, 2007); 320pp; £24.95. ISBN 978 0 500 51352 1.IT'S ALL TOO TEMPTING to regard the Proms, with its jingoistic Last Night, as a national institution...
Kagel and I
Kagel and IThe music of Mauricio Kagel Björn Heile Ashgate (London, 2006); 209pp; £50,599.95. ISBN O 7546 35236.FOR MUCH OF HIS CAREER Mauricio Kagel has been a distinctly German phenomenon. His work - whether conceived for the concert hall, the radio,...
Letters
A new Handel borrowing?In 1996 Peter Holman and the Parley of Instruments released a CD of English trumpet music entitled 'Henry Purcell and his followers' (Hyperion CDA66817). One of the pieces on this CD is William Croft's Overture in D major.In his...
Multi-Tasking
Multi-tasking Music as philosophy: Adorno and Beethoven's late style Michael Spitzer Indiana University Press (Bloomington, 2006); 369pp; $39.95. ISBN 0 253 347246.MICHAEL SPITZER'S Music as philosophy: M: Adorno and Beethoven s late style has much .that's...
Sixteenth-Century English Fuga: Sequential and Peak-Note Subjects
Theodor Dumitrescu and John Mihom kindly read an earlier draft of this paper, and made helpful comments and suggestions.SIXTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH COMPOSERS, in common with their European counterparts, had at their disposal a large stock of melodic formulae...
Thomas Watson: Poet - and Musician?
THE HUGE POETIC OUTPUT in English and Latin of Thomas Watson, the lyricist of Este's anthology Italian Madrigalh Englished of 1590 (IME), is not now well-known. In his own day it was - at least his English poetry was - and that of his Latin poetry which...
Uppers and Downers
Uppers and downers Boosey & Hawkes: the publishing story Helen Wallace Boosey & Hawkes (London, 2007); 243pp; £12.99 PBK. ISBN 978 0 85162 514 0.UPPER REGENT STREET is not what it was. BBC Radio 3 might not have been driven out of Broadcasting...