Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 147, No. 1894, Spring

All for Jesus
All for Jesus Peter Hill & Nigel Simeone's Messiaen is published by Yale University Press (ISBN o 300 10907 5) at £29.95.OLIVIER MESSIAEN was an astonishing and almost entirely untypical figure in the 20th century. To have emerged from the French...
At the Borders
At the borders Ronald Stevenson: the man and his music Edited by Colin Scott-Sutherland Toccata Press (London, 2005); 507pp; £45. ISBN 0 907689 40 x.Music as a bridge: musikalische Beziehungen zwischen England und Deutschland 1920-1950 Edited by Christa...
Beyond the Mountains
Beyond the mountains Landscape and gender in Italian opera: the Alpine virgin from Bellini to Puccini Emanuele Senici Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2005); x, 356pp; £50, $90. ISBN 13 978 0 521 83437.THE HILLS ARE ALIVE with the sound of virgins....
Cape Crusader
Cape crusader The world of South African music: a reader Edited by Christine Lucia Cambridge Scholars Press (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2005); xlvi, 307pp; £39.99, $79.99. ISBN 1 904303 36 6.AS ONE CAN IMAGINE, to examine the position of music and musicology...
Dutilleux at 90
TOWARDS THE END of his life, Erik Satie poked fun at the post-Beethovenian notion that a composer should have a 'late manner'. He told his friend Roland-Manuel: 'My dear friend, I'm old, I feel hugely old, and I'm going deaf too, completely deaf. So...
Eastenders
Eastenders Polish music since Szymanowski Adrian Thomas Music in the zoth Century Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2005); xxiv, 384pp; £60, $100. ISBN ï 521 58284 9.GEOGRAPHY, it seems fair to say, is a rare schoolboy's idea of an alluring subject....
Head First
Head first Le Marteau sans maître: facsimile of the draft score and the first fair copy of the full score Pierre Boulez Edited by Pascal Decroupet A Publication of the Paul Sacher Foundation PSB 1015 Schott (Mainz & London, 2005); 215pp; euro154....
In the Round
In the round Ferruccio Busoni: 'a musical Ishmael' Della Couling Scarecrow Press (Lanham, Maryland, & Oxford, 2005); xvi, 391pp;£27. ISBN 08108 5142 3.POOR Busoni receives short shrift in Taruskin's Oxford history of western music, with only a mention...
Jolivet on Jolivet: An Interview with the Composer's Daughter
ONE HUNDRED YEARS have passed since André Jolivet was born on 8 August 1905. While anniversaries are to some extent artificial, they nevertheless create a welcome opportunity for reassessment and reflection. In 2005, such reassessment and reflection...
Listening to Reason
Listening to reasonNOT THE LEAST interesting thing about the conundrum that is music what is it, what does it do to the listener, why does all music not do it? - is that only in the last few centuries of western thought has it become clear that there...
Making Music in Occupied Paris
THE COMPLEX HISTORY of music in Paris during the years of the German Occupation has started to receive the detailed treatment it merits, including work on musical institutions, recording, music journalism, aspects of concert life, and the artistic policies...
Mod Con
Mod con German modernism: music and the arts Walter Frisch California Studies in 20th-Century Music University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2005); x, 322pp; £29.95, $45. ISBN 0 520 24301 3.WALTER FRISCH'S TITLE is nothing...
Pierrot le Diseur
IN A 1946 Tempo article 'Concerning "Sprechgesang" ', Ralph Wood examines some examples of speak-singing in 20th-century repertoire. In his discussion he presents information about the use of Sprechstimme in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder and Ode to Napoleon...
Star-Gazing
Star-gazing Robin Maconie's Other planets: the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen is published by Scarecrow Press (ISBN 0 8108 5356 6) at £24.95 PBK.DISENCHANTED FANS can be bitter people. At some point their former hero has turned out to be less than heroic...
The Heart of the Matter
The heart of the matter The substance of things heard: writings about music Paul Griffiths University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2005); xii, 378pp; £40. ISBN 1 58046 206 5.SELECTIONS from music criticism originally published...
Vocal Recall
Vocal recall Medieval music and the art of memory Anna Maria Busse Berger University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2005); xvi, 288pp; £38.95, $60. ISBN ï 520 24028 6.IN THE FINALE OF HITCHCOCK's 1935 film The 39 Steps the hero,...
Whose Who?
Whose who? The Cambridge companion to Haydn Edited by Caryl Clark Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2005); xx, 318pp;£45, $75 / £17.99, $27.99 PBK. ISBN 0 521 833477 / 0 521 541077.WHO WAS HAYDN? In an approach more focused on probing...