Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 152, No. 1917, Winter

City Life
Music at German courts, iji5-iy6o: changing artistic priorities Edited by Samantha Owens, Barbara M. Reul, & Janice B. Stockigt The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 201 1); xx, 484PP; £50, $90. ISBN 978 ? 84383 598 I.The musician in literature in the age...
'Eine Ganz Eigne Stimmung': Schumann's Late Piano Music, and a New Symposium
Reconstrucdng the consciousness of a subject who Is not present to speak on hIs or her own behalf can be a risky business.John DaverioDURING SCHUMANN'S STILL-MISUNDERSTOOD FINAL YEnShe returned to the solo piano, for which he had written little since...
Hunting for Harmony
A geometry of musk: harmony and counterpoint in the extended common practice Dmitri Tymoczko Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 201 1); xviii, 45opp; £27.50, $39.95. ISBN 978 O 19 533667 2.Tonality and transformatkn Steven Rings Oxford University...
In the Beginning
In the beginning Berg's Wozzeck Patricia Hall Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 201 1); xi, 2iipp; £45, $74. ISBN 978 o 19 534261 ?.With this publication Patricia Hall joins Douglas Jarman and George Perle as the author of separate studies...
Lifelines
William Boyce: a tercentenary sourcebook and compendium Ian Bartlett with Robert J. Bruce Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Newcasde upon Tyne, 201 1); xxii, 338pp; £44.99, $67.99. ISBN 97& 1 4438 2721 8.The castrato and his wife Helen Berry Oxford...
Man of the Moment
The Cambridge companion to Richard Strauss Edited by Charles Youmans Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2010); xxvii, 338pp; £55, $90 / £29.99, $18.99 PBK. ISBN 978 o 521 89930 7 / 978 o 521 72815 7.Richard Strauss: a musical life Raymond Holden...
Miniature Blueprints, Spider Stratagems: A Michael Blake Retrospective at 60
Seventeen years after the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, radical voices in the country are asking the question: to what extent does the South Africa of 201 1 display more continuities than discontinuities with the apartheid state...
New Evidence in an Old Argument: Beethoven's Metronome Mark for the Trio of the Ninth Symphony
The stringendo transition passage from the Scherzo to the Trio in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (shown in ex.i) has been described by Norman Del Mar as One of the most notorious controversies in orchestral literature',1 and indeed this passage continues...
Schumann's Doppelgängers: Florestan and Eusebius Revisited
A FEW DAYS after Schumann's 21st birthday, Florestan and Eusebius entered his Diary as his two 'best friends', never before seen.1 The young composer had already renamed his immediate circle: his eccentric piano teacher Frederick Wieck became 'Meister...
The Deictic in 'Diese Töne': Thoughts on the Finale's Proem in the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven
RECENTLY, while writing about The ancient mariner, a Victorian cantata derived from Coleridge's poem, I had occasion to ponder the difficulty of setting canonical texts. Beethoven's use of Schiller in the Ninth Symphony naturally sprang to mind and,...
The Iconic Symphony: Performing Beethoven's Ninth Wagner's Way
'EVERYTHiNG we know about this symphony comes from Richard Wagner' (Alles Wesentliche über diese Symphonie ist von Rieh. Wagner'). Or at least that was Richard Strauss's thesis, which he recorded at the beginning of his Eulenburg score of Beethoven's...