Musical Times

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

Articles from Vol. 154, No. 1925, Winter

Battle Lines
Battle lines Sounds of war: music in the United States during World Warll Annegret Fauser Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2013); xv, 366pp; £27.50, $39.95. ISBN 978 O 19 994803 I.Twentieth-century America is generally and condescendingly...
Czerny's 'Impossible' Metronome Marks
While Carl Czerny was one of the most fashionable composers of his time, he is mostly remembered for his etudes and exercises, many of which are still used in piano lessons today.1 In addition, Czerny's comments on Beethoven's compositions, most notably...
Dance Moves
Dance moves Brahms beyond mastery: his Sarabande and Gavotte and its recompositions Robert Pascall Royal Musical Association Monographs 21 RMA/Ashgate (Farnham, 2013); xvii, ç>5pp; £45, $79-95- isbn 978 1 4094 6557 7.This analytical work traces the...
Display Cases
Display cases Building the operatic museum: eighteenth-century opera in fin-de-siècle Paris William Gibbons University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY, 2013); xii, 2Ö7pp; £55, $85. isbn 978 1 58046 400 o.William gibbons has hit upon a particularly...
Ebbing Away
Ebbing away Britten: essays, letters and opera guides Hans Keller Plumbago Books (London, 2013); xxiii, 381pp; £45, $70/ £16.99, $26.95. isbn 978 o 956600 74 5 / 978 o 95660 075 2.From the auspicious evening in 1945 when he attended Sadlers Wells expecting...
Letters to the Editor
ByrdIn my recent Musical Times article 'Music by Byrd and his British contemporaries in European libraries' (Summer 2013, pp.33-42), I noted those contemporary prints of music by Byrd that survive in libraries on continental Europe. To these should be...
Pay Check
Pay check Elgar's earnings John Drysdale The Boydell Press (Woodbridge, 2013); xii, 24ipp; £50, $90. isbn 978 1 84383 741 1.So, who cares what Elgar earned? And who's to say he's worth more or less than Bubbles (as represented by John Everett Millais)...
Sourcing Schütz
Sourcing Schütz A Heinrich Schütz reader: letters and documents in translation Gregory S. Johnston Oxford University Press (New York & Oxford, 2013); xxviii, 283PP; £45, $74. isbn 978 o 19 981220 2.Like thematic catalogues, verbatim documentation...
Stoical Stravinsky
Stoical Stravinsky Stravinsky and his world Edited by Tamara Levitz Princeton University Press (Princeton & Oxford, 2013); xvi, 36tpp; £52, $75 / £24.95, $35-ISBN 978 O 691 15987 4/ 978 O 691 15988 I.Stravinsky's description of Oedipus rex as a 'Merzbild'...
The Many Lives of Marcel Sulzberger
Composer, critic, Dadaist, pianist, polyglot, poet - who would not envy Marcel Sulzberger? He was Switzerland's first atonal composer, admired by Busoni and Szigeti. He wrote and published in three languages (French, German and Italian) and had mastered...
The SPNM 1943-1975: A Retrospective
Tn 2008 the Society for the Promotion of New Music was absorbed into a new organisation called Sound and Music. This event marked the end of a unique institution. For nearly 70 years, the SPNM had brought the names of young composers to the attention...
The Well-Tempered Oboe and the Tradition of Innovation
It likes it!(Christopher Redgate, on discovering that his oboe can over-blow pitches outside the harmonic series)Every key has to have its own face.1(Redgate, on the manufacture of the oboe 's keywork)The instrument is an extension of you and therefore...
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