Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 145, No. 1889, Winter

A Glimpse of Infinity: Time and Stillness in the Music of Jeffrey Lewis
NIGHT FANTASY, Care-charmer sleep, Dreams, dances and lullabies - titles suggestive of a world created in the recesses of the unconscious mind, a world of darkness and of suspended reality. I can think of no living composer who more skilfully evokes...
Band Practice
Band practice The. birth of the orchestra: history of an institution, 1650-1815 John Spitzer & Neal Zaslaw Oxford University Press (Oxford & New York, 2004); xix, 614pp; £95. ISBN 0 19 816434 3.The scoring of baroque concertos Richard Maunder...
'Chez Messiaen, Tout Est Prière': Messiaen's Appointment at the Trinité
Some parts of this article are derived from passages in Peter Hill & Nigel Simeone: Messiaen (New Haven & London, 2005). I am grateful to my co-author for allowing me to use that material here.BY HIS OWN PRODIGIOUS STANDARDS, Messiaen was a late-starter...
Concerted Copland
Concerted Copland Copland connotations: studies and interviews Edited by Peter Dickinson The Boydell Press (Woodbridge & Rochester, NY, 2002); xx, 210pp; £35, $60. ISBN 0 85115 902 8.HERE is a readable, and mostly reasonable, late contribution to...
Doges' Delights
Doges' delights Emblems of eloquence: opera and women's voices in 17th-century Venice Wendy Heller University of California Press (Berkeley, Los Angeles & London, 2003 [recte 2004]); xix, 386pp; £42.95, $65. ISBN 0 520 20933 8.Honoring God and the...
Dominant Tension: A Glimpse of the Pre-History of the Modern Concert Repertory
WE ALL KNOW THE FEELING. The last note of piece of new music has sounded and we, uncertain of that fact, withhold our applause until the performers grant us some sign that it really has ended. Such timidity often afflicts us, for despite durational,...
Fighting Words
Fighting words A Schoenberg reader: documents of a life Joseph Auner Yale UP (New Haven & London, 2003); xxvi, 428pp; £30. ISBN 0 300 09540 6.HANS KELLER'S verdict was characteristically forthright: Schoenberg was 'musical history's most tragic figure...
Furtwängler the Apolitical?
The present writer wishes to thank Elisabeth Funwangler for permission to publish his translations of hitherto unavailable texts. I also wish to acknowledge having benefited from many conversations on these matters with Roger Allen of St Peter's College,...
Letters
Speaking up for SchoenbergIt was good to read Michael Graubart's calm and measured 'Fallacies and confusions' (Autumn MT), which effectively demolished the central argument of Richard Taruskin's 'The poietic fallacy' (Spring MT). It was also very helpful...
Ligeti's Half-Century
György Ligeti: music and imagination, by Richard Steinitz, is published by Faber & Faber at £25.OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE DECADES of 'serious classical music', with its generally perceived marginality to life at large - political, social, sporting,...
Memoires Intimes
Memoires intimes Claude Debussy As I Knew Him and other writings by Arthur Hartmann Edited by Samuel Hsu, Sidney Grolnic & Mark Peters University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY & Woodbridge, 2003); xx, 339pp; £60, $85. ISBN 1 58046 104 2.YOU...
Res Obscura: An Unsuspected Mozart Autograph in Berlin
In memoriam Albi Rosenthal (1914-2004)A STRIKING FEATURE of some early Mozart autograph scores are those revisions entered on separate leaves or parts of leaves and stuck down over the music to be replaced. One such stuck-down leaf was freed from the...
Stilts and All
Stilts and all Metaphor and musical thought Michael Spitzer The University of Chicago Press (Chicago & London, 2004); x, 380pp; £42, $60. ISBN 0 226 76972 0.Listening to reason: culture, subjectivity, and nineteenth-century music Michael P. Steinberg...
Take Two
Take two Performing music in the age of recording Robert Philip Yale University Press (New Haven & London, 2004); 293pp; £25. ISBN 0 300 10246 1.SHOULD THE DISCUSSION of recording necessarily concentrate on music any more than on technological development,...
Transcendant Tudor
Transcendant Tudor John Taverner: his life and music Hugh Benham Ashgate (Aldershot, 2003); xvii, 332pp; £52.50. ISBN 0 7546 0142 0.THE WORLD is NOT AWASH with monographs of English renaissance composers. Perhaps not surprisingly Byrd has been favoured...

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