Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 152, No. 1915, Summer

Affirmative Anger: James Clarke and the Music of Abstract Expressionism
Thomas Bernhard' s novel Alte Meister records the protracted rantings of a music critic with the palindromically resonant name of Reger - no Christian name is listed.' Set more or less at the time of writing (1985) there are no indications of significant...
Available Absolutes
Available absolutes Listening for utopia in Ernst Bloch s musical philosophy Benjamin M. Korstvedt Cambridge University Press (Cambridge. 2009); xvi, 2i8pp; ?55, $95. ISBN 978 o 521 89615 3.Back in 1986, reviewing Peter Palmer's translation of Ernst...
Being Bourgeois
Being bourgeois Berg and his world Edited by Christopher Hailey Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2010); xvii, 36ipp; ?52, S75 /?20.95, $29.95 pbk. ISBN 978 0 691 14855 7 / 978 0 691 14856 4.EVERY YEAR SINCE 1990 A NEW VOLUME has appeared in the...
Forces of Destiny
Forces of destinyMozart and the Na\is: how the Third Reich abused a cultural icon Erik Levi Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2010); viii, 324pp; £25. ISBN 978 0 300 12306 7.Verdi and the Germans: from unification to the Third Reich Gundula...
Fossil Fuel
Fossil fuel BBC music in the Glock era and after: a memoir Leo Black Plumbago Books (London, 2010); xiv, 217pp; £40 / £17.99 PBK. ISBN 978 0 955608 74 2 / 978 0 955608 75 9.LEO BLACK DESCRIBES THIS MEMOIR as a 'study in the palaeontology of English musical...
Hindemith's Voices
PAUL HINDEMITH'S two-volume work on counterpoint is the summation of years of thinking about the subject and ot teaching it. The volume on two-part counterpoint is widely available as Band 2 o? Unterweisung im Tonsati, translated as The craft of musical...
Mystic Modernist Currents Flowing from Berlioz's Grande Messe Des Morts
THE SO-CALLED 'INFAMOUS' chords which form such a distinctive feature in the 'Hostias' and 'Agnus Dei' movements of Berlioz's Grande messe des morts stand alone in the catalogue of orchestral devices. Indeed, their enormously wide three octave-spaced...
Near & Far
Near & far Music and sentiment Charles Rosen Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2010); I46pp; ?16.99. ISBN 978 0 300 12640 2.It's striking that one of the most genially authoritative English-language polymaths should be primarily a writer...
Nicholas Maw's Breakthrough: Scenes and Arias Reconsidered
IN A fitting tribute to the recently deceased Nicholas Maw (19352009) published in this journal, Arnold Whittall began: '31 August 1962 was the date when a prescient historian could have been persuaded that contemporary music in Britain would not evolve...
Recovering Rott
Recovering Rott Hans Rott: Leben und Werk Johannes Volker Schmidt Georg Olms Verlag (Hildesheim. 2010); 423pp; euro74. ISBN 978 3 487 14222 7.It was Hans Rott 's good fortune to study alongside 'greater' men - well, one greater man - and it was also...
Sacred & Profane
Sacred & profane Lennox & Freda Tony Scotland Michael Russell (Norwich, 2010); xxxii, 575pp; ?28. ISBN 978 o 85955 3193.IT'S NO DENIGRATION OF LENNOX BERKELEY, a man of intense inner life and outwardly conformist nature to say that there isn't...
Some Instances of 'Ornithomorphism' in 18th- and 19th-Century Music
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)IN his book on ancient Crete, RW Hutchinson observes that neolithic art was 'non-representational and severely abstract in the main. If men, animals, birds, fishes, or flowers were represented at all they...