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a re-reading of the evidence

Franz Liszt and the development of 19th-century pianism: a re-reading of the evidence Davison, Alan WHILE FRANZ LISZT’S remarkable pianistic skills have been the subject of much published scholarship, the precise nature of both his own technical development and his contribution to the evolution of piano playing warrants scrutiny within the context of a flourishing […]

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Wasted on play?

Wasted on play? Sharp, Ian IAN SHARP considers the reputation of a classic work of music education which has influenced the training of generations of pianists to the present day THE YEAR 1848 was a memorable date in several ways, not least in terms of war, revolution, and great political questioning. By way of contrast, […]

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science of enchantment, The

science of enchantment, The Music at the 1937 Paris Exposition NIGEL SIMEONE surveys a hitherto uncharted area of pre-war musical activity in the French capital THE `EXPOSITION Internationale des Arts et des Techniques appliques A la Vie Moderne’ ran in Paris from the end of May 1937 throughout the summer and into the autumn. After […]

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Stilts and all

Stilts and all Fuller, Michael Stilts and all MICHAEL FULLER Music and metaphor in nineteenthcentury British musicology Bennett Zon Ashgate (Aldershot, 2000); viii, 233pp; 45. ISBN 0 7546 0087 4. It is axiomatic that to understand fully the current state of any area of human endeavour it is of vital importance to have a clear […]

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American cool

American cool Fox, Christopher American cool CHRISTOPHER FOX Four musical minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass Keith Potter Cambridge UP (Cambridge, 2000); xv, 390pp; L50. ISBN 0 521 48250 X. Four musical minimalists is an indispensable and meticulous survey of the early careers of La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich […]

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Henri Sauguet: Springing surprises

Henri Sauguet: Springing surprises Wood, Marc In his second article MARC WOOD introduces the music of another neglected French petit-maitre LIKE SO MANY FRENCH composers of the mid-twentieth century, Henri Sauguet is mostly known to British audiences as just a reference in a textbook, mentioned in association with the circle of composers influenced by Satie. […]

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sets and styles in the Octet

Nikos Skalkottas: sets and styles in the Octet Mantzourani, Eva MARCH 2004 marked the centenary of the birth of the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas (1904-49), perhaps the last great undiscovered composer of the ioth century. Nowadays his name is usually recalled through his association with Schoenberg; yet he was not always an unknown figure. In […]

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Butterworth’s Housman re-assessed lad culture

Butterworth’s Housman re-assessed lad culture Leitch, Paul PAUL LE ITCH reappraises the marriage of words and music in George Butterworth’s settings of AE Housman The fate which Housman’s poems deserve, of course, is to be set to music by English composers and sung by English singers, and it has already overtaken them. He will live […]

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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 […]