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. 1901, Winter

Additional Samuel Wesley Letters
SINCE THE PUBLICATION of Samuel Wesley (1766-1837): a source book (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001) and the Musical Times article 'New Samuel Wesleyana' (Summer 2003), additional hitherto unprinted letters by Samuel Wesley have been found.1The earliest of these...
Advance, Retreat
Advance, retreat... After Sibelius: studies in Finnish music Tim Howell Ashgate (Aldershot, 2006); xii, 308pp; £60. ISBN 07546 51770.IT'S DIFFICULT not to think of music written by Finnish composers since 1957 as post-Sibelian, even if it was consciously...
Anna Bahr-Mildenburg, Gesture, and the Bayreuth Style
IN 1936, some 40 years after her debut, the celebrated Wagnerian soprano Anna Bahr-Mildenburg published a performer's guide to Tristan und Isolde.' Although now little-known, this bar-by-bar manual provides an extraordinary wealth of information on the...
Claiming Kern
Claiming Kern Jerome Kern Stephen Banfield Yale Broadway Masters Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2006); xiii, 375pp; £20. ISBN 0 300 11047 2.JEROME KERN has been the subject of several earlier books that remain worthwhile: Gerald Boardman's...
Dumbing Up
Dumbing up The way of music: aural training for the internet generation Robin Maconie The Scarecrow Press (Lanham, Maryland, Toronto & Plymouth, 2007); vi, 437pp; £33, $51.98 PBK. ISBN 978 o 8108 5879 4.THE APPEARANCE in recent years of books like...
Educing Edward
Elgar the music makerDiana McVeaghThe Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2007); x, 24opp; £16.99. isbn 978 1 84383 295 9.Elgar: an extraordinary lifeJPE Harper-ScottAssociated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London, 2007); vi, 154pp; £9.95 PBK.ISBN 978...
From Death to Life
From death to life J. S. Bach: a life in music Peter Williams Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2007); xi, 405pp; £19.99, $35. ISBN 978 o 521 87074 0.IN A RADICALLY NEW APPROACH to Bach biography, Peter Williams subjects the composer's life to both...
Letters
Beethoven and Hérold Listening to a new CD of Herold 'sLa Somnambule recently, I was astonished to discover that in Act 2, at the point where Thérèse wakes up in Saint-Rambert's bed, Hérold uses flute and strings to quote the 'Dance of Pan' from Beethoven's...
Mostly Mozart
Mostly Mozart Elements of sonata theory: norms, types, and deformations in the late-eighteenth-century sonata James Hepokoski & Warren Darcy Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2006); xxix, 661pp; £45. ISBN 0 19 5146409.IF CYCLIC COMPOSITION...
Music for a 'Brave Livlylike Boy': The Duke of Gloucester, Purcell and 'The Noise of Foreign Wars'
BOTH THE OCCASION AND THE COMPOSER of the ode 'The noise of foreign wars', preserved as a fragment in a manuscript at Tatton Park, Cheshire, have been in some doubt since it was first brought to scholarly attention by Nigel Fortune in 1964.1 The work...
Of Mountains and Modernism: Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957)
HIS NAME, ADMITTEDLY, SOUNDS TO ANGLO-SAXON EARS RATHER like a character from Finnegan's wake, of the ilk of Ghazi Power, Crestofer Carambas or Titentung Tollertone. So it is fitting that he indeed seems to appear there, as an adjective or participle...
Sabbath Observance
Sabbath observance Mendelssohn, Goethe, and the Walpurgis Night: the heathen muse in European culture, 1700-1850 John Michael Cooper University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2007); xvii, 284pp; £45. ISBN 978 1 58046 252 5.THERE...
Shadows of the Evening: New Light on Elgar's 'Dark Saying'
I HESITATE TO ENTER such a well-trodden field as that of 'Enigma' solutions, but the Elgar anniversary year cannot be allowed to pass without someone revisiting this long-running conundrum. I do not propose to summarise all the theories regarding the...
The Second Muse of Gerard Manley Hopkins
I wish I could pursue music; for I have invented a new style, something standing to ordinary music as sprung rhythm to common rhythm: it employs quarter tones.1THE POET Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) pursued music intermittently throughout his short...
Where There's a Will
Where there's a will Richard Wagner s Zurich: the muse of place Chris Walton Camden House (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2007); xiii, 295pp; £35. ISBN 978 1 57113 331 1.IT IS A FINE, ROMANTIC NOTION of genius that the person in question is master...
Where the River Bends: The Cologne School in Retrospect
ATTACHING LABELS to art and artists is a difficult exercise. Critics, and perhaps audiences too, like labels because they provide a short-cut to understanding; artists tend to resist them because they imply a shortage of that most marketable asset, individuality....