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Haydn’s last symphony: input from London?

Haydn’s last symphony: input from London? Kee, Piet HAYDN’S SYMPHONY NO. 104, his last, represents a milestone in the history of this genre. It is fascinating to observe how his 12 ‘London’ symphonies reveal his creative powers at their height, culminating in the last. On the front page of the autograph score Haydn wrote – […]

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Halifax Judas, The

Halifax Judas, The Cowgill, Rachel An unknown Handed arrangement by Mozart? Is a newly discovered manuscript a fifth Handel-Mozart arrangement? RACHEL COWGILL considers the evidence. THAT MOZART STUDIED the music of earlier eighteenth-century masters, encouraged by Baron van Swieten (`Lord Fugue’ in Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus) has been well known for generations.1 Evidence of his […]

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Yeasayers

Yeasayers Whittall, Arnold Yeasayers Robin Holloway on music: essays and diversions: 1963-2003 Robin Holloway Claridge Press (Brinkworth, 2003); xiii, 438pp; £30. ISBN 1 870626 74 5. Sing, Ariel: essays and thoughts for Alexander Goehr’s seventieth birthday Edited by Alison Latham Ashgate (Aldershot, 2003); xxii, 309PP; £45. ISBN 0 7546 3497 3. JUST RECENTLY I was […]

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Music: a practical definition

Music: a practical definition Godt, Irving 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 have all defined music, but I don’t remember ever having read a […]

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Carrie Pringle and the solo Flowermaidens of 1882

‘Wir welken und sterben dahinnen’: Carrie Pringle and the solo Flowermaidens of 1882 Cormack, David 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 1877 THERE ARE CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS of them in costume.1 […]

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In memoriam: Alexander Young

In memoriam: Alexander Young For over a quarter of a century, Alexander Young was one of the leading male singers of British opera; a versatile and gifted tenor whose talents encompassed both tragic and comic roles. A scholar at the Royal College of Music, he studied under Professor Pollmann of the Vienna State Academy before […]

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Denis ApIvor and his contribution to British opera and ballet

Denis ApIvor and his contribution to British opera and ballet Marrington, Mark Denis ApIvor died in Robertsbridge., East Sussex, on 27 May 2004, aged 88. My objective here is not to offer a full appreciation of his achievement but to provide some insight into his contribution to British opera and ballet between 1947 and 1966, […]

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Sister acts

Sister acts Williams, Peter PETER WILLIAMS considers the state of modern musicology NOT BEING ONE who goes to conferences, I find several things puzzling about them. Firstly, how do people find the time? Secondly, is this really a way to get to know music? Thirdly, are things said worth saying, and does anyone actually learn […]

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Sharp practice

Sharp practice Fox, Christopher Gavin Bryars at 60 CHRISTOPHER FOX investigates the mellifluously melancholic music of a sexagenarian master of mystery GAVIN BRYARS is sixty this year and his birthday on 16 January generated considerable media attention. It is a mark of his reputation that even BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’, not usually noted for […]

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Memory hither come?

Memory hither come? Brindle, Reginald Smith 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? Or is it […]