Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 149, No. 1902, Spring

Avison Observed
CHARLES AVISON, who was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, is the most outstanding figure in the town's musical history. He is widely known as the most prolific concerto composer of the i8th century, but his reputation rests as much upon his orchestral arrangements...
Beauty and the Beast: A Conversation with Sir Harrison Birtwistle
SIR HARRISON BIRTWISTLE'S new opera The minotaur, which will be premiered at Covent Garden on 15 April 2008, explores a familiar narrative from Greek mythology, the historical origins of which can be summarised as follows. When King Minos besieged Athens,...
Beyond the Birds
The life of Messiaen Christopher Dingle Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2007); xii, 261pp; £45, $75 / £15.99, $29.99 PBK. ISBN 978 O 521 63220 I / 9780521635479.Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques Peter Hill & Nigel Simeone Ashgate (Aldershot, 2006); xii,...
Der Sandmann Ist Da
Der Sandmann ist da Music after Hitler, 1945-1955 Toby Thacker Ashgate (Aldershot, 2007); ix, 280pp; £55. ISBN 970 0 7546 5346 2.IT ALL NOW SEEMS so very far away, that heady time after the Wall came down. To those of us who knew the old German Democratic...
Fettered Finn
Fettered Finn Sibelius Andrew Barnett Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2007); xvi, 445pp; £25. ISBN 978 0 300 11159 0.IT WAS BACK IN 1987 that the third and final volume of Robert Layton's English version of Erik Tawaststjerna's five-volume...
Glimpses of Genius
Mozarts grosse Reise: sein Durchbruch zum Genie 1777-1779 Ulrich Drüner Böhlau (Cologne, Weimar & Vienna, 2006); 247pp; euro24.90. ISBN 3412 34805 8.Mozart: the first biography Franz Niemetschek Translated by Helen Mautner Berghahn Books (New York...
Glorious George
Glorious George George Gershwin: his life and work Howard Pollack University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2006); xvii, 884pp; £23.95. ISBN 978 0 520 24864 9.THER IS NAMOR TO SEYN.' No one need ever do it again! Howard Pollack's...
IN MEMORIAM: Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen(born Mödrath, 22 August 1928; died Kürten-Kettenberg, 5 December 2007)The symmetries are as hard to deny as the polarities, and although both can easily be exaggerated, they provoke some interesting questions.Did Stockhausen's early...
Internationalism, Regionalism and Glazunov's Raymonda
The year before I Lombardi, Glinka had shown his fellow-Russians how to portray the mysterious East. Slowly his example was to filter through into the rest of Europe; and by the time of Aida the East was comfortably within Verdi's reach - but not yet....
Into the Woods: Retelling the Wartime Fairytales of Maurice Ravel
(ProQuest: ... denotes formula omitted.)FOR CENTURIES woods have been places of mystery and enchantment, peopled with fairies and witches wicked and benign, sleeping princesses, gallant princes and fantastic and terrifying creatures of all descriptions....
John Hilton the Younger's Service 'In Gamut'
IN THE PAST 40 OR SO YEARS, only a few previously unknown or unidentified sources of pre-Restoration Anglican liturgical music have come to light. The most notable include an anonymous score now known to be of Byrd's full anthem Exalt thyself, O God...
Letter
Mediating the dominant In his thought-provoking review-article, 'Mostly Mozart' (MT, Winter 2007), William Drabkin asks an intriguing question: why does Beethoven in many of his mature majormode sonata-form movements prefer the mediant major to the dominant...
Martialling the Evidence
Martialling the evidence The musical world of a medieval monk: Ademar de Chabannes in eleventh-century Aquitaine James Grier Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2006); xvi, 367pp; £55, $99. ISBN 978 0 521 85628 7.THE big ugly gothic cathedral of presentday...
On the Beautiful in Music, or the Emotional Fly in the Musical Ointment
HAVING RECENTLY BECOME INTERESTED in the lengthy and ongoing debate about how 'absolute' music affects or arouses a listener's emotions,11 would like to examine an issue which has been ignored, or its significance underestimated, by many commentators:...
Playing Politics
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981): a readerEdited by Edwin PrévostCopula (Matching Tye, 2.006)-, xvii, 385pp-, £15 PBK. ISBN O 9525492 20.Construction of Freedom and other writingsLuca LombardiTranslated by Thomas Donnan & Jürgen ThymEdited by Jürgen...
Schumann in Depth
The Cambridge companion to Schumann Edited by Beate Perry Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2007); xx, 302pp; £50 / £19.99 PBK. ISBN 978 o 521 78341 5 / 9780 521 789509.Robert Schumann: life and death of a musician John Worthen Yale University Press...
Setting the Scena
Setting the scena Divas and scholars: performing Italian opera Philip G osseti University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 2006); xxii, 675PP; £22.50, $35. ISBN 978 0 226 30482 3.PHILIP GossETT has written an engaging study of the relationship...
Thomas Philips, Lord Chesterfield and the Enigma of a Popular 18th-Century Ballad by William Boyce: A New Conspiracy Theory
OF ALL THE MUSICAL GENRES cultivated in Britain in the i8th century by far the most universally performed and appreciated was the solo song. In fact, it was from the vocal music of this period that the foundations were laid for the great flowering of...