Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 155, No. 1929, Winter

Absolute Rules
Luigi Dallapiccola and musical modernism in Fascist Italy Ben Earle Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2013); xv, 3o4pp; £65, $99. ISBN 978 O 52I 84403 I.Harrison Birtwistle's operas and music theatre David Beard Cambridge University Press (Cambridge,...
A Fugal Sonata without a Fugue: Beethoven's Op. 102 No. 1
FUGUE: A composition, or a compositional technique, in which imitative counterpoint involving one main theme is the most important or the most characteristic device of formal extension.(The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians (London, 1980))THIS...
Covalent Bond
Covalent bond Sir George Dyson: his life and music Paul Spicer The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2014); xiii, 45opp; £45, $80. ISBN 978 I 84383 903 3.GEORGE DYSON was something of a phenomenon. From very 1 humble circumstances as the son of a Halifax blacksmith,...
Freely Rendered
Walking freely on firm ground: letters to Mary Virginia Foreman, igyS-igSi Artur Schnabel Edited by Werner Grünzweig, Lynn Matheson & Anicia Timberlake Wolke Verlag (Hofheim am Taunus, 2014); 37opp; euro39. isbn 978 3 95593 100 1.Interpreting historical...
Friends Reunited: Susan McClary and Musical Formalism
IS MUSIC GENDERED? Can we hear music as having gendered characteristics? In this discussion I examine some key claims of the feminist musicologist Susan McClary, who famously gives gendered interpretations of much instrumental music that is often not...
Letters
Beethoven's 'Elise': an alternative solutionRita Steblin's account of the singer Elise Barensfeld (MT, Summer 2014, pp-3~39), whom she proposes as the possible recipient of Beethoven's famous Für Elise composed in April 1810, is brilliantly researched...
Out of the Unknown
Readying Cavallis operas for the stage: manuscript, edition, production Edited by Ellen Rosand Ashgate (Farnham, 2013); xxviii, 4i2pp; £70, $124.95.ISBN 978 o 4094 1218 2.Word, image, and song: essays in early modern Italy Edited by Rebecca Cypess, Beth...
Pathos & Passion
Pathos & passion Tchaikovsky's Pathétique and Russian culture Marina Ritzarev Ashgate (Farnham, 2014); xiv, iôçpp; £60, $104.95. isbn 978 1 4724 2411 2.SPECULATIONS about composers' possible secret programmes are surely justified if undertaken in...
Ransom Demands
Schoenberg and redemption Julie Brown Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, 2014); xiv, 259pp; £65, $99. isbn 978 o 521 55035 2.Narratives of identity in Alban Berg's Lulu Silvio J. dos Santos University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, 2014); xi,...
Singing Polyphony
WHY DO SINGERS find renaissance polyphony so difficult to bring to life? I think the answer lies in a general misunderstanding of its nature, and the demands this makes on its performers.For me the litmus test of this difficulty is experienced almost...
Style Manual
Style manual Perspectives on the performance of French piano music Edited by Scott McCarrey & Lesley A. Wright Ashgate (Farnham, 2014); xxiv, 2iopp; £60, $104.95. isbn 978 1 4094 0064 6.THE MOST INTERESTING ESSAYS in this volume on French piano music...
The Public and the Personal: Birtwistle and Maxwell Davies at 80
IT HAS LONG BEEN a critical convenience to define the musical and personal characters of close contemporaries Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies by way of contrast and, occasionally, conflict: and nowhere have these distinctions seemed more...
The Singer and the Future King: Henriette Kneisel and Ernest Augustus
AS PART OF MY PREPARATION OF A NEW EDITION of the memoirs of Charlotte Papendiek (1765-184o),1 I have endeavoured to understand the following passage in the 1887 first edition of her memoirs:My first visitors after my return home, to my surprise, were...
Weinberg, Shostakovich and the Influence of Anxiety
THERE ARE SEVERAL WELL-KNOWN INSTANCES of close working relationships between composers. Some emerge from pupil-teacher arrangements, as with Berg and Schoenberg - though this was characterised largely by the deference Berg displayed towards his mentor.1...
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