Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 150, No. 1908, Autumn

An Incident at Severn Stoke, 11 September 1830
IN THE GATHERING DARKNESS of the evening of Saturday 11 September 1830, the Aurora stagecoach travelling from London came to the hill leading down to the village of Severn Stoke in Worcestershire. The coach driver, Walker, had to decide whether to 'drag'...
Centre Forward: Whither 'Music Studies'?
An introduction to studies, edited by JPE Harper-Scott & Jim Samson, is published by Cambridge University Press in hardback (ISBN 978 0 521 84293 8) at £40/$75 and in paperback (ISBn 978 0 521 60380 5 ) at £ 14-99/$24.99.WHEN, LESS THAN A QUARTER...
Confused Identities: The Two Master Hummel(1)s
JOHN LOUIS HUMMELL, a performer and minor composer in London at the turn of the 19dl century, has recently been rescued from the oblivion in which he has lain for the past two hundred years in a book by Hallie Rubenhold, Lady Worsley's whim: an eighteenth-century...
Erik Satie's Ballet Uspud: Prime Numbers and the Creation of a New Language with Only Half the Alphabet
He [Satie in the 1890s] was in the position of a man who knows only thirteen letters of the alphabet and decides to create a new literature using only these, rather than admit his own insufficiency. For sheer bravado, it was unparalleled at the time,...
'Miss Bonwick' Identified: An 18th-Century Composer and Organist
THE BRITISH LIBRARY CATALOGUE lists just one single composition by a certain Miss Bonwick from the late 18th century: 'Sophia. A new song, the words and music by Miss Bonwick, fourteen years of age.'1 It was published by Longman & Broderip, one of...
Modern Nigerian Music: The Postcolonial Experience
THE COLONISATION of Nigeria by the imperial British administration completely transformed the cultural landscapes of Nigeria, including its society, politics, economics, religion, education and music. The thrust of this article is concerned with the...
Purcell, the Anthem, and the Culture of Preaching
TOWARDS THE END of the liturgies of Morning and Evening Prayer in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the rubrics note that 'In Quires and Places where they sing, here followeth the anthem'. Although the 'places where they sing' was far from universal, in...
The Emperor of Atlantis: The First British Production
THE FLURRY OF INTEREST in the music of composers in the Terezin concentration camp has died down. But one work in particular continues to deserve attention, for its musical and dramatic qualities as well as for the extraordinary courage (or was it foolhardy...
The Narrative of a Composer's Biography: Some Aspects of Szymanowski Reception
A composer's reputation is slowly constructed in a process that relies not solely on musical characteristics but on many other factors as well. Furthermore, the perceived status of a composer's oeuvre - reflected in the amount of exposure it receives...
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