Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 145, No. 1888, Autumn

Arbiters of Taste
Arbiters of taste Music: healing the rift Ivan Hewett Continuum (London, 2003); xi, iyipp; £14.99. ISBN ? 8264 59390.Classical music unbuttoned: a complete guide to learning and loving classical music Fred Plotkin Aurum Press (London, 2003); xiii, 645pp;...
Fallacies and Confusions
RICHARD TARUSKIN'S rich, penetrating, wide-ranging article in the Spring 2004 MT, 'The poietic fallacy', elaborates the idea that the Schoenberg school believed a rigorously unified, organic structure to be an aesthetic good in itself, even though a...
Music, Metaphor and Metaphysics
DEBATES ABOUT THE NATURE OF MUSIC can easily get lost amid abstractions, high clouds of metaphor and metaphysics. Real music has the admirable knack of bringing such things down to earth, which is where their effects, like music's, must be felt. So I...
Nikos Skalkottas: Sets and Styles in the Octet
MARCH 2004 marked the centenary of the birth of the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas (1904-49), perhaps the last great undiscovered composer of the ioth century. Nowadays his name is usually recalled through his association with Schoenberg; yet he was...
Positively Modern
Positively modern On the music of Stefan Wolpe: essays and recollections Edited by Austin Clarkson Pendragon Press (Hillsdale, NY, 2003); xii, 371 pp; £30 PRK. ISBN 1 57647 083 0.The music of Luigi Dallapiccola Raymond Fearn University of Rochester Press...
Problems of Reference: Celebrating 2004
Nikos Skalkottas, 1904-1949Skalkottas's short life seems to symbolise the special vulnerability of the Schoenberg pupil whose musical roots lay a little outside Austro-Germanic traditions. Those studies took place between 1927 and 1932, and their impact...
Public & Private
Public & private Salomon and the Barneys: private patronage and a public career Ian Woodfield Royal Musical Association Monographs 12 Ashgate (Aldershot, 2003); 90pp; £35. ISBN 0 7546 3612 7.Bound for America: three British composers Nicholas Temperley...
Star-Struck
Star-struck Varèxe: astronomer in sound Malcolm Macdonald Kahn & Averill (London, 2003); xx, 42-jpp; £24.95 PBK. ISBN 1 871082 79 x.EDGARD VARESE was one of the most startlingly original voices of the aoth century, and Malcolm Macdonald's Varèse:...
Tempestuous Times: The Recent Music of Thomas Adès
THE DEARTH OF SERIOUS WRITING about the music of our younger composers is a depressing feature of contemporary musical culture in Britain. Devoting analytical effort and critical time to composers still making their reputations is perhaps too risky an...
Thomas Weelkes and Salamone Rossi: Some Interconnections
THE ENGLISHMAN Thomas Weelkes (? 1575-1623) and the Italian Jew Salamone Rossi (?1570-c.1630) are two of the finest madrigalists ever.1 Many consider Weelkes to be the greatest of the English madrigal school,2 even 'almost as many-sided as Shakespeare'.3...
Victorian Values
Victorian values Samuel Sebastian Wesley: a life Peter Horton Oxford Studies in British Church Music Oxford University Press (Oxford & New York, 2004); xx, 385pp; £60. ISBN 0 19 816146 8.George Grove, music and Victorian culture Edited by Michael...
'Write the Moment': Two Ways of Dealing with Wolfgang Rihm 1
It is important for me to write the moment that is truly hic et mine, here and now, and also the moment between the two.1How TO DEAL WITH WOLFGANG RiHM? You don't have to, but in the room of contemporary European composition he 's something of the elephant....