Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 146, No. 1890, Spring

All Our Yesterdays
All our yesterdays The Cambridge history of twentieth-century music Edited by Nicholas Cook & Anthony Pople Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2004); xviii, 818pp; £100, $160. ISBN 0 521 662567.THE Cambridge history of twentieth-century music...
Decoding Dmitri
Decoding Dmitri Shostakovich and his world Edited by Laurel E. Fay Princeton University Press (Princeton & Oxford, 2004); xvii, 405pp; £35.95 / £14.95 PBK. ISBN ? 691 i2of>8 4 / 0 691 12069 2.FOR ANYONE wishing to explore important trends in Russian...
Exit Lines
Exit lines Quellen zur Geschichte emigrierter Musiker Sources relating to the history of emigre musicians 1933-1950: vol.1: California Edited by Horst Weber & Manuela Schwartz KG Saur Verlag (Munich, 2003); Hi, 364pp; euro78. ISBN 3 598237464.IF...
Hard Complexities
Hard complexities The pleasure of modernist music: listening, meaning, intention, ideology Edited by Arved Ashby University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY & Woodbridge, 2004); 404pp; £50, $75. ISBN 1 58046 143 3.JUST HOW COMPLEX is complex music?...
IN MEMORIAM: Eric Sams
I got to know the late Eric Sams through attempts to 'teach' his son Jeremy at Cambridge some 20 or so years ago [writes Robin Holloway]. I'd always enjoyed Sams père's books on Lieder - The songs of Hugo Wolf (Methuen, 1961; rev. Faber, 1983), The songs...
IN MEMORIAM: Felix Aprahamian
To describe Felix Aprahamian as a 'music critic' seems a woefully inadequate description of a writer, concert promoter, publisher's adviser, supporter of young musicians, and friend to some of the last century's greatest musicians [writes Nigel Simeone]....
IN MEMORIAM: Susan Bradshaw
Susan Bradshaw was central to many developments in post-war British musical life [writes David Wright] and her career covered a range of distinct but interlocking facets. She first made her name as a pianist and was noted for her astonishing facility...
Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk An improbable life: memoirs Robert Craft Vanderbilt University Press (Nashville, 2002); 448pp; $39.95. ISBN 0 8265 1381 6.WHILE FAR FROM a 'tell-all' autobiography, lobert Craft's An improbable life is a iluable overview of an amazing life...
Life Lines
Life lines Britten on music Edited by Paul Kildea Oxford University Press (Oxford, 2003); xvi, 44#pp; £32. ISBN 0 19 816714 8.Letters from a life: selected letters of Benjamin Britten, volume three: 1946-51 Edited by Donald Mitchell, Philip Reed &...
Musical Acoustics in the Age of Vitruvius
ACOUSTIC AND MUSICAL IMAGERY play a distinct if forgotten role in myth and legend. The name 'Jack' in a nursery tale, for example, can be a clue to a story told with the aid of a plucked string instrument, an allusion echoed in the name of the plucking...
Music: A Practical Definition
EVERYONE KNOWS what it is, don't they? If pressed for a definition, most musicians begin with emotional evasions like 'I feel' or 'I believe'. That is not a helpful point of departure. Ethnomusicologists, philosophers, sociologists, and philologists...
Northern Light
Northern light The Cambridge companion to Sibelius Edited by Daniel M. Grimley Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2004); xvii, 273pp; £50, $75 / £18.99, $28 PBK. ISBN 0 521 81552 5 / 0 521 89460 3.THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION series seems to me quite...
Odd Men In
Odd men in Mavericks and other traditions in American music Michael Broyles Yales UP (New Haven & London, 2004); ix, 38ypp; £25. ISBN 0 300 10045 °OVER THEIR MANY CENTURIES the nations of the Old World (Europe) have evolved, despite their disparity...
Shostakovich, Kadaré and the Nature of Dissidence: An Albanian View
THIS ARTICLE CONCERNS THE EFFECT of the communist totalitarian system on two great artists: Dmitri Shostakovich, who lived under Soviet rule before and after the Second World War, and the Albanian author Ismail Kadaré, whose career developed over the...
Sound Initiative
Sound initiative Shostakovich: String Quartet no.8 David Fanning Landmarks in Music since 1950 Ashgate (Aldershot, 2004); xiv, i$5pp; £35 (CD included). ISBN 0 7546 0699 6.György Kurtág: The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza, op.j: a 'concerto 'for soprano...
Stanford and the Gods of Modern Music
Quand on désespère de faire une chose belle, naturelle et simple, on en tente une bizarre.Diderot (quoted by Stanford in Interludes, p.49)WEARING A PINCE-NEZ, STANFORD fixes us from his Victorian eclosure with a cautious stare. Ignore me if you want...
The Challenges of Plurality within Contemporary Composition
IN HIS CRITIQUE of contemporary musical research, Decentering music, Kevin Korsyn suggests that the disciplines of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory are confronting a crisis of discourse, one in which the language of musical scholarship...
The Word-Books for Handel's Performances of Samson
SAMSON IS, IN EVERY SENSE, one of Handel's greatest works, and it was with some trepidation that I embarked on the preparation of a new edition for the Novello Handel Edition, both on account of the size of the task and the complexity of reconstructing...
'Wir Welken Und Sterben Dahinnen': Carrie Pringle and the Solo Flowermaidens of 1882
Hier im Garten pflückt uns der Meister: wir blühen im Sommer, dann welken und sterben wir. Sei uns hold, so lange wir dir blühen!Parzival second prose sketch, finished 23 February 1877THERE ARE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS of them in costume.1 There is the...
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