Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 153, No. 1920, Autumn

Believe It or Not
THESE TWO BOOKS fit in with musicology's current emphasis on presenting information-packed surveys (preferably of underworked areas or periods) and are good and permanently useful examples of their genre. They compile a range of facts so as to discuss...
Distressed Surfaces: Morgan Hayes and 21st-Century Expressionism
THERE'S A CASE FOR SAYING that, for British music, the 20th century ended on 8 January 1998, with the death of Michael Tippett, six days after his 93rd birthday. After Benjamin Britten's death at 63 in 1976, Tippett had sustained a special prominence,...
Eduard Strauss in America, 1890
Biographical materials about the Strauss family of Vienna typically mention the American concert tours by Johann Strauss, jun. in 1872, and by Eduard Strauss and the Strauss Orchestra in 1890 and 1900-01. Johann's 1872 tour tends to be covered in some...
Fixing Franck
Fixing FranckFranck's life presents difficulties of both treatment and proportion for a biographer. The earlier part is uneventful and obscure and takes place during a fallow period in French musical history. Born and raised in the much despised new...
'Mademoiselle Maxemiliana Brentano' and the English Edition of Beethoven's Op.106
In 1817, the year that 'An die ferne Geliebte' op.98 was published, Beethoven sent a flurry of letters to Frankfurt, which uncharacteristically he logged in his diary. These entries are 'surrounded by several of his most intimate and profound confessional...
Musical Direction and the Wedge in Beethoven's High Comedy, Grosse Fuge Op.133
Plaudite, amici, comoedia finita est(Applaud, gentlemen, the comedy is finished)AugustusIT IS WELL KNOWN that Ludwig van Beethoven's Grosse Fuge baffled listeners who heard it premiered by Schuppanzigh's string quartet in the rooms of the Gesellschaft...
Schumann's Papillons Op.2: A Case Study
I AM TEMPTED to preface a discussion of Papillons with its young composer's account of Chopin's op.2 Variations on 'Là ci darem la mano'. In Schumann's famous review, written just before his own op.2 was published, Florestan rhapsodises:Of course, the...
Spectacles & Signs
This is the third of Ian Woodfield 's investigations into Mozart's mature operas. Così fan tutte: a compositional history (Boydell, 2008), and The Vienna Don Giovanni (Boydell, 2010) explore in meticulous detail the genesis and dissemination of two of...
The Reich Stuff
DrummingSteve ReichHendon Music/Boosey & Hawkes (New York & London, 201 1), HPS 1301, £18.99. ismn 979 o 051 21301 6.Music for 18 musiciansSteve ReichHendon Music/Boosey & Hawkes (New York & London, 2000), HPS 1239, £38.99. ismn 978 1...