Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 142, No. 1874, Spring

Absolute Values
WILFRID MELLERS seeks renewal in three recent books on French Baroque opera HERE ARE TWO BOOKS dealing with French theatre music in the seventeenth century, and a third about French High Baroque in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries alike. The...
Another Handel Borrowing from Telemann?: Capital Gains
In the last of three articles IAN PAYNE revisits the two composers' pre-c.1725 Kunstlerfreundschaft THAT HANDEL enthusiastically borrowed and reworked musical ideas from the works of Telemann is well known.1 Although his borrowings from his lifelong...
Bottoms Up
Roberto Gerhard and his music Joachim Horns Anglo-Catalan Society/Pandora Arts (London, 2000); 144pp; 14 pbk. ISBN 0 9507137 9 1. Gerhard on music: selected writings Edited by Meirion Bowen Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000): xiv, 276pp; L49.50. ISBN 0 7546 0009...
Controlling Forces
Controlling forces JOHN STEANE Puccini: his international art Michele Girardi Translated by Laura Basini University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 2000); xvi, 530pp; 41. ISBN 0 226 29757 8. 'Intellectual and creative control': the phrase occurs...
Dead and Gone?
Dead and gone? DAVID WRIGHT The music of John Ireland Fiona Richards Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000); xiv, 282pp; L45. ISBN 0 7546 01110. This book will, quite rightly, have a strong and obvious appeal to those who are already committed enthusiasts for John...
Doyen's Delight
Doyen's delight PETER WILLIAMS Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion: genesis, transmission and meaning Alfred Durr Translated by Alfred Clayton Oxford UP (Oxford, 2000); xiii, 182pp; 05. ISBN 0 19 816240 5. It would be fair, I think, to describe Alfred...
Henri Sauguet: Springing Surprises
In his second article MARC WOOD introduces the music of another neglected French petit-maitre LIKE SO MANY FRENCH composers of the mid-twentieth century, Henri Sauguet is mostly known to British audiences as just a reference in a textbook, mentioned...
Hunter from the East
Hunter from the east ROBERT ANDERSON August Jaeger: portrait of Nimrod: a life in letters and other writings Kevin Allen Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000); xviii, 318pp; 55. ISBN 1 85928 366 7. August Jaeger was a Rhinelander from Dusseldorf, native of a much--...
Image Making
Image making PHILIP OLLESON The life of Mendelssohn Peter Mercer-Taylor Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); viii, 238pp; 4-30 / f30/ 10.95 pbk. ISBN 0 521 63025 8 / 0 521 63972 7. Peter Mercer-Taylor's The life of Mendelssohn is the latest addition to Cambridge...
In Memoriam: Iannis Xenakis
Achorripsis, Bohor, Terretektorh, Kranner, Gmeeoorh ... For those twentieth-century composers who, like Xenakis, were driven into exile from their home countries, the analogy with the romantic image of the Wanderer, for whom contentment always lies elsewhere,...
Leading Notes: Beyond Words
a profounder understanding of the meaning of the texts does not lead to a profounder understanding of the music TO TOUR CHINA with programmes made up exclusively of Renaissance sacred music - as I did recently with The Tallis Scholars - is probably to...
Leopold Mozart's Madame Wynne: Look to the Lady
JOHN S. JENKINS traces the shadowy career of a versatile eighteenth-century harpsichordist turned singer ON 14 September 1768 Leopold Mozart wrote from Vienna to his friend Lorenz Hagenauer giving him information about a certain Madame Wynne who had...
Letters
Habeas corpus Following a recent research trip to Paris to gather material for a detailed study of Messiaen's concert-giving during the German occupation, I am now in a position to clarify the matter of the earliest performances of Les Corps glorieux....
Making Tracks
Making tracks ERICA JEAL Opera on screen Marcia J. Citron Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2000); x, 295pp; L22.50. ISBN 0 300 08158 8. Though the idea of putting opera on screen is very nearly a century old almost as old as the medium of film itself...
Material Issues
PETER HOLMAN Purcell manuscripts: the principal musical sources Robert Shay & Robert Thompson Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xxii, 353pp; L65. ISBN 0 521 58094 3. Henry Purcell's operas: the complete texts Edited by Michael Burden Oxford UP (Oxford,...
Messiaen, Boulanger, and Jose Bruyr: Offrandes Oubliees 2
In his second article NIGEL SIMEONE traces the prickly relationship between two giants of twentieth-century French music through their surviving correspondence OLIVIER MESSIAEN AND NADIA Boulanger were two of the giants of French musical life in the...
News
Appointments Susanna Eastburn succeeds Richard Steinitz as Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (<www.hcmf.co.uk>). Amelia Freedman, Artistic Director of the Nash Ensemble and Head of Classical Music at London's South...
Northen Lights
Northern lights ARNOLD WHITTALL Sibelius studies Edited by Timothy L. Jackson & Veijo Murtomaki Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xx, 397pp; L50. ISBN 0 521 62416 9. In 1999, the Cambridge volume of Janacek studies raised a few critical eyebrows by...
Running Softly
RICHARD DRAKEFORD explores some of the byways of twentieth-century British music Now that John Bishop of Thames Publishing has recently died, out of the way yet interesting British music of the past century may need to find another champion. It is all...
Some Notes on Epiphany: Mysteres De L'instant
Some notes on epiphany ANTHONY GRITTEN continues the debate about the nature of the listening experience IN THE LAST ISSUE of this journal Arnold Whittall wrote about what he saw as `some musicological disputes'. Introducing the suspects in his drama,...
Stilts and All
Stilts and all MICHAEL FULLER Music and metaphor in nineteenthcentury British musicology Bennett Zon Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000); viii, 233pp; 45. ISBN 0 7546 0087 4. It is axiomatic that to understand fully the current state of any area of human endeavour...
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