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. 1909, Winter

Affirming, Denying
Affirming, denying Mahler's voices: expression and irony in the songs and symphonies Julian Johnson Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2009): 316pp; £26.99. ISBN 978 o 19 537239 7.NEW PATHS through Mahler's music are hard to find - for musicologists...
Alien Adventures: Exoticism in Italian-Language Baroque Opera
ITALIAN OPERAS of the 17th and early 18th centuries - i.e. operas in Italian, whether composed for Italian theatres or elsewhere - are more familiar to most music lovers than are operas in other languages. (Only a handful of the latter are at all well...
'A Union of Souls': Finding Beethoven's 'Distant Beloved'
THE QUEST for Beethoven's 'distant' beloved has always played the poor relation to the more glamorous 'immortal' beloved. Many researchers have concluded that they are one and the same, presuming that the 'unsterbliche Geliebte ' (in Beethoven's letter...
Capable Kollmann
Capable Kollmann AFC Kollmann 's Quarterly Musical Register (1812): an annotated edition with an introduction to his life and works Michael Kassier Ashgate (Aldershot, 2008); xviit, 307pp; £75. ISBN 97807546 60644.KOLLMANN WAS ONE of that interesting...
Catalyst for Change
Catalyst for change The triumph of music: composers, musicians and their authences, 1700 to the present Tim Blanning Allen Lane (London, 2008); xii, 416pp; £25. ISBN 978 1 846 14178 2.THE STORY IS TOLD of Charles Ives's father, George, a renowned American...
Didn't Handel Go to Oxford in 1749?
THE SPRING OF 1749 was a particularly busy time for Handel. The annual rhythm of his Lenten oratorio seasons at Covent Garden theatre was well established by then, and in 1749 ne concluded on 23 March with a performance of Messiah. The season had seen...
Elegies and Affirmations: John Casken at 60
IN 1981 the 32-year-old John Casken wrote his first string quartet - a New Macnaghten Concerts commission first performed at St John's Smith Square in February 1982. It was dedicated to Casken's Birmingham University colleague Nigel Fortune - a slightly...
English Flowermaidens (and Other Transplants) at Bayreuth
THE 'English Flowermaiden killed Wagner' story refuses to give up the ghost. When noting new research since 2004, recent writers, including John W. Barker, Oliver HÜmes and the late Jonathan Carr, have appeared miffed that the Carrie Pringle myth may...
From the Library of William Byrd
WILLIAM BYRD (1539 or 1540-1623) appears to have owned, or at least consulted, a variety of contemporary printed books. It is not difficult to make informed speculations about some of the contents of his library - collections of poetry and emblems, musical...
Intensive Impressions
Intensive impressions The art of French piano music: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Chabrier Roy Howat Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2009); xvi, 400pp; £30. ISBN 978 0 300 14547 2.FROM THIS OUTSTANDING and intensive study of the French piano...
John Dunstable and His Books
DURING THE SUMMER OF 2008, in the course of compiling a new descriptive catalogue of die medieval manuscripts at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, I reached MS 118.1 Upon opening the front board of its 17th-century binding, I was confronted by a blank...
Plausible Purcell
Plausible Purcell Purcell: an extraordinary life Bruce Wood ABRSM (London, 2009); iv, 188pp; £11.50 PBK. ISBN 978 1 860096 298 I.PROFESSOR WOOD has the problem that so little is documented about Purcell's life, and what there is suggests, if anything,...
Sovereign Study
Sovereign study In search of new scales: Prince Edmond de Polignac, octatonic explorer Sylvia Kahan University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, & Woodbridge, 2009); xv, 389pp; £40, $75. ISBN 978 t 58046 505 8.IN Music's modem muse: a life of Winnaretta...
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