Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 139, No. 1864, Autumn

Arabian Nights
Handel: Tolemeo, Alexander Balus, et al. Gottingen Handel Festival Gottingen, May-June And so,' said the editor over the phone shortly before I travelled to Germany, `is there really any point to all these festivals? Haven't they, perhaps, outlived their...
Composing after Cage: Permission Granted
GEOFF SMITH considers the liberating legacy of John Cage for generations of composers The question is no longer `Can we do it?' - that goes without saying - but `What do we want to do?'.1 JOHN CAGE'S own, highly individual musical style was, according...
Constructing Genius
Beethoven and the construction of genius: musical politics in Vienna, 1792-1803 Tia DeNora University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles dz London, 1995, R1997); xvii, 232pp; $15.95 pbk. ISBN 0 520 21158 8. Beethoven: Violin Concerto Robin Stowell...
Did Burney Blunder?
PATRICIA HOWARD investigates issues of compass and quality in the voice of Gaetano Guadagni IN THE TANTALISING area of investigating the voices of 18th-century singers we have to clutch at straws. The nature of the evidence renders it incomplete. No...
East Meets West
New Music in Germany Various Performers Munich, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Wittener The Press Release for the sixth Munchener Biennale, Peter Ruzicka, the Artistic Director, suggests that the failure of postmodernism will lead to a new kind of modernism, based...
From the Musical Times 100 and 50 Years Ago
The Musical Times, September 1898 THE FOURTH SEASON of Mr. Robert Newman's Promenade Concerts was to commence at the Queen's Hall on the 27th ult. In a circular announcing the concerts, Mr. Newman, in regard to the orchestra, says: "I am pleased to say...
Into the Daylight
IVAN HEWETT revisits a `normative and exemplary' study of a `normative and exemplary' body of music IN THE PREFACE to the first edition of the The classical style, which appeared over a quarter of a century ago, Charles Rosen asserted that the word 'classical'...
Key Practice
Key practice SUSAN BRADSHAW Glenn Gould: the performer in the work: a study in performance practice Kevin Bazzana Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1997); xxii, 297pp; 25. ISBN 019 816656 7. The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-82) was an astonishingly precocious...
Letters
Material issues 1 I believe that Professor Smith Brindle has hit the nail on the head with his guest editorial (Summer MT). Was it not Beecham who said something like `great music enters the ear with ease and leaves the brain with difficulty'? I cannot...
Minimal Stakes
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco Opera North Grand Theatre Leeds, 9 & 29 May The newly-appointed music director of Opera North, Steven Sloane, has yet to take up his post, but he appeared for the first time in Leeds on 9 May to conduct...
More Than a Pastime
ANN VAN ALLEN-RUSSELL & MEREDITH McFARLANE Concert life in 18th-century Britain Wadham College Oxford, 3-5 July To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Holywell Music Room, the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford organised a symposium at Wadham...
Obituary: Alfred Schnittke 1934-1998
SUSAN BRADSHAW assesses the achievement of the internationally renowned Soviet composer who died, aged 63, on 3 August OF PART German descent, the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, who has died aged 63, always acknowledged the musically formative importance...
Palace Pieties
Palace pieties PETER PHILLIPS Music and musicians in the Escorial liturgy under the Habsburgs, 1563-1700 Michael Noone University of Rochester Press/Boydell Sz Brewer (Rochester, NY Er Woodbridge, 1998); ix, 396pp; 55. ISBN 1 878822 71 3. We've rather...
Patterns of Invention
The chromatic fourth during four centuries of music Peter Williams Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1998); vii, 262pp; f40. ISBN 0 19 8165633. Hexachords in lateRenaissance music Lionel Pike Ashgate Publishing (Aldershot, 1998); viii, 237pp; 49.50. ISBN 1 85928...
Perspectives on York Holler: All Contradictions Reconciled?
ARNOLD WHITTALL explores aspects of the modern composer's dilemma in the music of York Holler THE SEVENTH and last of York Holler's short Tagtraume (Daydreams) for violin, cello and piano, of 1994 (ex.l), is not only marked to be played `in the tempo...
Seedtime
Singing and imagination: a human approach to a great musical tradition Thomas Hemsley Oxford UP (Oxford, 1998); x, 205pp; 35 / 14.99 pbk. ISBN 019 8790155 / 0 19 8790163. friend who did what was called his National Service in the RAF used to tell of...
The Missa Solemnis Premiere: First Rites
When was Beethoven's Missa solemnis first performed? DAVID WYN JONES investigates. THE ACCEPTED history of the composition and early performances of Beethoven's Missa solemnis is a familiar one. The composer began work on the mass in March 1819 with...
Think of a Letter
WILLIAM. DRABKIN assesses the new collected edition of Beethoven's correspondence Ludwig van Beethoven: Briefwechsel: Gesamtausgabe, Edited by Sieghard Brandenburg on behalf of the BeethovenHaus, Bonn Henle (Munich, 1996-98). vol.l (1783-1807); xxxix,...
Tilling the Soil
Cultivating music in America: women patrons and activists since 1860 Edited by Ralph P Locke & Cyrilla Barr University of California Press (Berkeley Los Angeles sz London, 1997); xi, 357pp; $45. ISBN 0 520 08395 4. When I was young, or even middleaged,...
Tracts for Our Times?
RICHARD BARRETT explores aspects of performance, literature, modernism, complexity and expressivity in some of his recent music What was your first inspiration or motivation to work with Champ d'Action? The person responsible for introducing me to Champ...
Up and Down the Aisle
WILFRID MELLERS welcomes a major biography of the peculiarly potent' Virgil Thomson Virgil Thomson: composer on the aisle Anthony Tommasini Norton (New York & London, 1998); xiii, 605pp; 22.50. ISBN 0 393 04006 2. ONE MIGHT THINK Virgil Thomson to...
Ways and Means
Ways and means RICHARD LANGHAM SMITH Les voies de l'opera francais au XIXe siecle Herve Lacombe Fayard (Paris, 1997); 392pp; FF150. ISBN 2 213 59877 0. Potential translators of this erudite book will rack their brains for a title which adequately signals...
William Morris and Music: Craftsman's Art?
ANDREW HEYWOOD asks How musical was William Morris?' WILLIAM Morris: Artist, Craftsman, Poet, Designer, Printer, Musician. Musician? - one has only to add the last epithet to an otherwise conventional list of Morris's achievements to show that Morris...

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