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. 1863, Summer

A Tract for the Times
IVAN HEWETT casts further light on Roger Scruton's aesthetics of music The aesthetics of music Roger Scruton Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1997); xxi, 530pp; f35. ISBN 019 816638 9. ROGER SCRUTON'S Aesthetics of music begins as a brilliant, intimidatingly...
A Voice in the Wilderness
WILFRID MELLERS welcomes Roger Scruton's proud, philosophical affirmation of the enduring value of music BACH'S SUBLIME definition of music as 'an Harmonious Euphony for the Glory of God and the Instruction of my Neighbour implies that music, having...
Berg's Style of Freedom
GEORGE PER LE investigates the relationship betweeen the 'strict' and the 'free' in Berg's Lyric suite ERG, WRITING to Schoenberg (13 July 1926)1 about his current composition in progress, the Lyric suite, his first fullscale work employing the new 12-note...
Between Brno and Budapest
ARNOLD WHITTALL assesses two new contributions to Janacek and Bartok scholarship THESE BOOKS REPRESENT opposite sides of the musicological spectrum. The Janacek Catalogue is a state-of-the-art demonstration of source-study scholarship; it deals in facts...
Brahms in Brief
Brahms in brief ROBERT ANDERSON Johannes Brahms: life and letters Selected and annotated by Styra Avins Translated by Josef Eisinger & Styra Avins Oxford UP (Oxford, 1997); xxviii, 858pp; L35. ISBN 019 816234 0. Brahms would not have blessed this...
Deep Breathing
Deep breathing WILFRID MELLERS William Billings: `Wake Every Breath' William Appling Singers & Orchestra/William Appling New World Records 80539-2 he first art composers in the American New World tended to be displaced Europeans, often escaping religious...
Deep Waters
Deep waters ANDREW THOMSON Oeuvres completes de Claude Debussy vol.5: La mer Edited by Marie Rolf Durand/UMP Durand's current republication of the complete works of Debussy with Francois Lesure as editor-in-chief, and Pierre Boulez heading the editorial...
From the Musical Times 100 and 50 Years Ago
The Musical Times, June 1898 HAPPY DWELLERS IN KENT! In that pleasant corner of the British Isles the County Council has a bye-law which runs as follows: "No person shall sound or play upon any musical or noisy instrument or sing in any public place...
From the Play-Pit
ROBERT ANDERSON Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Magnificat in D (1822) Edited by Ralf Wehner Leipziger Ausgabe der Werke von Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Series VI: Geistliche Vokalwerke vol.5 Breitkopf & Hartel Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto...
Gods Forsaken
Gods forsaken RICHARD DRAKEFORD Whom the gods love: the life and music of George Butterworth Michael Barlow Toccata Press (London, 1998); 204pp; 25. ISBN 0 907 689 42 6. George Butterworth (1885-1916) was, of course, one of many artists whose deaths...
HymnQuest: Everlasting Praise 2
... and ALAN LUFF introduces an important new practical and research tool for contemporary hymnody HymnQuest vol. 1 (with free CD-ROM) 14.95 plus p&p (3.00 in UK 4.00 outside). ISBN 0 85249 843 8. HYMNS are still very much alive in the churches and...
Letters
Woe, woe We hear a lot about the woeful state of the CD industry - how the market is drifting in the same way that it was towards the end of the 70s; how people have bought all the CDs they want, just as they had bought enough black vinyl discs back...
Memory Hither Come?
FOR A LONG TIME I have been puzzled by an enigma. If music is to be truly `great, should it have not only an unmistakable identity, but be so memorable that it is not easily forgotten? In fact, should not this 'memorability' be its major characteristic?...
New Beginnings
New beginnings PETER PHILLIPS Thomas Morley: Services Edited by John Morehen Early English Church Music vol.41 Stainer & Bell The latest volume of EECM marks a new departure for the series, heralded by important words from the General Editor, John...
Northern Light
THE PARADIGMS COMMONLY used to categorise contemporary composers, such as hard-line, middle-of-the-road or conservative, tend in my view to bypass more fundamental distinctions. For instance, many composers whose work is said to belong either to the...
Oh, Lordy!
ANDREW THOMSON Lord Berners: the last eccentric Mark Amory Chatto & Windus (London, 1998); xiv, 274pp; L20. ISBN I 856 19234 2. A number of attempts have been made, biographically speaking, on the life of Lord Berners (born Gerald Tyrwhitt, 1883-1950),...
Points & Pointers
Points & pointers ARNOLD WHITTALL Gerald Barry: Chevaux-de-frise; Of Queen's Gardens; Flamboys; Sur les pointes; Hard D; Diner National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland/Robert Houlihan Marco Polo 8.225006 Kevin Volans has written the booklet notes for...
Secrets of a Nun
Secrets of a nun WILFRID MELLERS Lucrezia Vizzana: Componimenti musicali (1623) Musica Secreta Linn CKD 071 The huge commercial success of recordings made over the last decade of music by Hildegard of Bingen are attributable partly to the rise of feminism...
Stockhausen at 70: Through the Looking Glass
ROBIN MACONIE revisits Hymnen, Karlheinz Stockhausen's electroacoustic classic of the 1960s TWO TELLING IMAGES sum up Jean Cocteau's magical film Orphee. One is the famous scene where Orpheus passes through the mirror to reach the Underworld. Orpheus...
The Hymn Tune Index: Everlasting Praise 1
NICHOLAS TEMPERLEY introduces an important new research tool for cataloguing hymnody... HYMN TUNES are notoriously difficult to trace to their origins. Neverthless, efforts to do so have been made for at least two hundred years. A landmark in the study...
Three in One
Three in one JOHN STEANE Puccini: II trittico English National Opera London Coliseum, 8 April It says something for the power of ideas that a few days after the event the mind is preoccupied not so much with what was heard and seen as with comments subsequently...
Typecasting
WHY DO THEY play like that?' is the question which inspired this book of author-annotated dialogues, and one which many may be asking as Radio 3 diffuses Bruggen's new version of the Overture to A midsummer night's dream. Whistly flutes sound delightfully...
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