Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 143, No. 1881, Winter

Albion Attractions
Review-article STEPHEN BAN FIELD explores some of the highways and byways of post-'Renaissance' British music Light music in Britain since 1870: a survey Geoffrey Self Ashgate (Aldershot, 2001); xi, 250pp; L45. ISBN 1 85928 337 3. Elgar's oratorios:...
All the Best
Review-article PETER WILLIAMS welcomes some recent publications from a dependable British publishing institution JS Bach: The art of fugue BWV 1080 Edited and annotated by Richard Jones The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London, 2002);...
Aspects of Alfano
Turandot, Mussolini, and the Second String Quartet FRANCO SCIANNAMEO reappraises the achievement of the little-known Italian composer THE PHOTOGRAPH REPRODUCED as fig.1 was taken on 23 October 1926 at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. The occasion was the visit...
Cage & Co
Review-article CHRISTOPHER Fox explores the still-challenging world of the New York school of composers The New York schools of music and visual arts Edited by Steven Johnson Routledge (London, 2002), 258pp; L. ISBN 0 8153 3364 1 / 0 415 93694 2. The...
College Chat
College chat PETER PHILLIPS Music at Oxford in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Susan Wollenberg Oxford UP (Oxford, 2001); xxiii, 250pp; L60. ISBN 0 19 316408 6. Till I end my song: English music and musicians 1440-1940: a perspective from Eton...
Doing Debussy
Doing Debussy ANDREW THOMSON Debussy and his world Edited by Jane F Fulcher Princeton UP (Princeton & Oxford, 2001); ix, 396pp; L15.95 pbk. ISBN 0 691 09042 4. Accustomed as we are to Debussy scholarship enlivened by the elegance and wit of a Nichols...
Echoes of Old Beliefs
Birtwistle's Last Supper and Adams's El Nino Are Christian symbolism and practices still viable subjects for modern art? ARNOLD WHITTALL considers two recent musical instances of their appropriation. MUSICALLY, the twentieth century expired in a riot...
Fathers & Sons
Fathers & sons ARNOLD WHITTALL My father Peter Bartok Bartok Records (Homosassa, Florida, 2002); 331pp; $41. ISBN 09641961 2 3. Stravinsky and Balanchine: a journey of invention Charles M. Joseph Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2002); xvii, 440pp;...
Fleisch Und Blut
PAT BAMFORD-MILROY pays a centenary tribute to the Second Viennese composer's natural daughter WRITERS on Alban Berg devote only a line or two, if at all, to his natural daughter, Albine, and her mother, Marie Scheuchl. Among recent biographical discussions,...
From the Musical Times 100 Years Ago
From 'Richard Strauss's "Feuersnot" in Berlin', December 1902 THE LATEST WORK of Richard Strauss the one-act opera 'Feuersnot' - has had a career of rapid success in its own country. It will probably be successful in other countries too in time; but...
In Bethlehem Town
Recomposition and rearrangement in William Cobbold IAN PAYNE investigates the provenance of a neglected Elizabethan Christmas anthem THE EXTANT WORKS of the Norwich Cathedral organist William Cobbold (1560-1639) form a most interesting corpus of late-Elizabethan...
In Memoriam: Anthony Milner
Anthony Milner The premiere of Peter Grimes, in 1945, was widely viewed as a watershed in British musical life - the definitive re-entry of its homegrown composers into a world arena after nearly three centuries of indifference. Similarly, the emergence...
In Memoriam: Daniel-Lesur
Daniel-Lesur Daniel-Lesur, the distinguished French composer, organist and administrator was born in Paris a little over a fortnight before Olivier Messiaen. Lesur came from a musical family: his mother Alice Lesur (nee Thiboust) was herself an accomplished...
In Memoriam: Olivier Messiaen on Daniel-Lesur
Olivier Messiaen on Daniel-Lesur On 14 March 1990, Olivier Messiaen gave a speech at the Institut de France in Paris, when he presented Daniel-Lesur with the award of Grand Officier of the Legion d'Honneur. It is a charming and heartfelt tribute from...
In Memoriam: Philip Brett
It is rare for a Musical Times article to provoke anything approaching a minor scandal, even among a group as constitutionally timid as the musicological community, yet in 1977, such an event did indeed occur. The article, published in the September...
Letters
Taruskin,.. Peter Williams (Autumn MT) complains that John Butt's Playing with history: the historical approach to musical performance offers him no advice on how to play a Scarlatti sonata. Quite right; and reading Chomsky on linguistics won't teach...
So Romantic
CHRIS WALTON appraises a semi-revisionist account of the music of the long nineteenth century The Cambridge history of nineteenth-century music Edited by Jim Samson Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2001 [recte 2002]); xv, 772pp; L,80. ISBN 0 521 59017 5. THE...
Tune or No Tune?
Guest editorial WHAT EXACTLY is a 'tune'? What makes it more than a mere succession of notes? It is a question that constantly had to be faced in the preparation of The hymn tune index,' where we were often forced to decide whether a melodic strand in...
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