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December 2004
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SEEN&HEARD CONCERT OF THE YEAR 2004 MusicWeb Reviewer’s Log: October-December 2004 Reviewer: Patrick C Waller
November 2004
HISTORY OF MUSIC 3. Approaching the Baroque era
HISTORY OF MUSIC
4. Early American Music (1620-1800)
HISTORY OF MUSIC AMERICAN MUSIC OF THE NINETEEN CENTURY Dr David C F Wright
ALGERNON ASHTON
- THE CASE FOR REVIVAL
by Harold Truscott

BRUCKNER’S EIGHTH SYMPHONY Personal reflections on a favourite work and some key recordings by Patrick C Waller
SHOULD COMPOSERS TELL ? by Arthur Butterworth
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS by Em Marshall
Sally Beamish Interviewed by Christopher Thomas 2004
October 2004
REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION - a matter of black and white?- by Arthur Butterworth
T
he Trio in G Minor for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano by WILLIAM YEATES HURLSTONE A Critical Reassessment by Richard J Moore
GERARD FRANCIS COBB (1838-1904) by David Mackie
September 2004
Why "classical" classical music will never die: the artistry and psychology of courtly music from Mozart and Haydn’s time Frank Manheim
Kenneth Leighton (1929-88)
August 2004
THE MUSIC OF ALGERNON ASHTON (1859-1937) By Rutland Boughton
Interview with Ashley Wass by Colin Clarke

Knight Foundation Administers Tough Love to American Symphony Orchestras to Encourage Building of New Audiences by Frank Manheim
ERIC GRAEBNER A brief introduction
by Dr David C F Wright
JEFFREY LEWIS A brief introduction
by Dr David C F Wright
July 2004
CARLOS KLEIBER (1930-2004)
"Has the time come to set Mozart aside and let a new generation discover him?" Hans-Theo Wohlfahrt on Glyndebourne's new Magic Flute.
WHAT IS CLASSICAL MUSIC? WHO LISTENS TO IT? Vignettes from the American scene Frank T. Manheim
PERCY YOUNG - 1912-2004
Obituary by Philip Scowcroft
HISTORY OF MUSIC Part 2
Music of the Renaissance and Reformation Periods Dr David C F Wright
Georges Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Faust - an opera in five acts - Faust on record; a look back and into the future
June 2004
A NEW LOOK for Seen and Heard
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
by
Dr David C. F. Wright
THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THAT ANY MORE - - - Arthur Butterworth
Adriano at 60 - interviewed by Ian Lace
Obituary for DENIS APIVOR born April 14 1916; died May 27 2004. Mark Marrington
May 2004
CONSTANT LAMBERT: Humphrey Searle talks to David Wright (1965)
MALCOLM ARNOLD David C F Wright
April 2004
Tony Banks in interview with Christopher Thomas, March 2004
Seven: A Suite for Orchestra

THE CRITICS’ PRIME CONCERN ---- Arthur Butterworth
RICHARD STOKER site update
March 2004
THE PIANO MUSIC OF BERNARD VAN DIEREN: A DICHOTOMY EXAMINED - BY GORDON RUMSON
THE HISTORY OF MUSIC 1
. Earliest times to the Renaissance
Dr David C F Wright
John Warnaby in conversation
with Brian Ferneyhough about Shadowtime, an opera in 7 scenes

Elliott Carter at 95 by John Warnaby.
Christoph Eschenbach in interview with Bernard Jacobson
Pitch Variation in the Callas Tosca - a lively debate
JOHN FOULDS by Malcolm Macdonald
- preconcert talk
ROBERT SIMPSON LECTURE by Malcolm MacDonald
Febuary 2004
GORDON JACOB (1895 – 1984) By Dr Geoff Ogram
Osmo Vänskä
talks to Bill Kenny

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU A brief account of his life and works … and personal comments David C F Wright
Hans Rott by David Wright
Amélie-Julie Candeille
January 2004
BERNARD BARRELL (1919 - )List of works
REAL MUSIC …. OR JUST FOR SHOW? ... Arthur Butterworth
Harry Partch 'A Just Cause' by Paul Serotsky
December 2003
MusicWeb can now supply discs from the Gasparo label
November 2003
Hugo Wolf by David Wright
An Introduction to the Symphony by David Wright
What makes a Great Conductor? David Wright

A Conversation with the composer/writer Richard Stoker about Cecil Armstrong Gibbs by
John France

WILLIAM BUSCH: 1901-1945 by Julia Cornaby Busch
WILLIAM BUSCH by Sinclair Logan
Roremania: Bernard Jacobson attends a birthday celebration
ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS: DISASTERS IN WAITING
November 2003

WALTER BECKETT
Dr David C F Wright
AGNES BALTSA Dr David C F Wright
Gilbert Kaplan talks to Marc Bridle about Mahler’s Second Symphony.
Recent Contemporary Music on CD: Feldman, Finnissy, Pritchard, Usher. Maxwell Davies, Staebler and Zimmermann reviewed by John Warnaby
JOSEPH HOLBROOKE AND WALES by MICHAEL FREEMAN
JOSEPH HOLBROOKE INCOGNITO by MICHAEL FREEMAN
MusicWeb can now offer you the Concert Artist catalogue £12.99 Post-free World-wide
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October 2003
MARY HOWE by David Wright
MELINDA WAGNER by David Wright

GUSTAV HOLST : A Personal Assessment by David Wright
ETHEL SMYTH Dr David C F Wright
A DECEIVING MIRROR by Arthur Butterworth

IAIN HAMILTON
(1922-2000) Dr David C F Wright
September 2003
Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician by Jeremy Dibble (Oxford 2002, 535 pp) £65
Charles Villiers Stanford by Paul Rodmell (Ashgate 2002, 495 pp) £57.50 [CH]
ERRORS AND DISCREPANCIES IN TWO RECENT BOOKS ON STANFORD
STANFORD, EDMOND HOLMES AND "THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE"
STANFORD AND MUSICAL QUOTATION

BORIS BLACHER
A Centenary Sketch
by Dr David C F Wright
Morag Chisholm on the first UK performance of The Trojans by Berlioz (scroll to footnote on review)
JOHN RUSSELL F.R.C.M. (1916-1990) A personal memoir of a friend and teacher, with reference to his friendship with Gerald Finzi by ADRIAN WILLIAMS
An Age of Anxiety by Arthur Butterworth

Bernard Herrmann - Anglophile
- Editings by Ian Lace from Steven C. Smith's biography A Heart At Fire's Center - The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann
MUSIC INSPIRED BY SHERLOCK HOLMES
by PHILIP L. SCOWCROFT
MALCOLM WILLIAMSON: 1931-2003 by Antony Gray
August 2003
Robert von Bahr Interview with Dave Billinge
July 2003
Following Bax to Glencolumcille by Ian Lace
British Music Society CDs can now be bought on-line from MusicWeb. You do not need to be a member of the BMS
June 2003
The Siena Piano – that was a World War II booby trap, a beehive, an incubator and a butcher’s refrigerator by Ian Lace
All this and Heaven Too A Mendelssohn’s Link to Murder, Suicide and the Downfall of a French King by Ian Lace
May 2003
Ricardo Q. BLAMEY LAFONEby Mary Bassi
FELIX SWINSTEAD AT HOME by Barbara Wilkins (née Swinstead)
ALAN RAWSTHORNE
as I knew him Dr David C F Wright
ANGLO-SAXON OPERA? ....... Arthur Butterworth
Reports from Lewis Foreman
    IVOR GURNEY WAR ELEGY REVIVED AT CHELTENHAM
    RECORDING HYPERION’S BANTOCK VOLUME 6
    ELGAR WASN’T OSCAR PETERSON
    MALCOLM WILLIAMSON: obituary
    TED PERRY: obituary
April 2003
Horenstein Discography updated
Adrian Williams Biography and Interview by Chris Thomas
March 2003
Doreen Carwithen (1922-2003)
SERGE PROKOFIEV by Paul Shoemaker
February 2003
HANS GAL - Composer, pianist, conductor and musicologist of international renown. 1890-1987 A Personal Tribute and Memoir
ANTHONY MILNER 1925-2002
JOYCE HATTO - A Pianist of Extraordinary Personality and Promise: Comment and Interview by Burnett James
STYLE IN ORCHESTRATION- Arthur Butterworth
January 2003
Lennox Berkeley: John France interviews Richard Stoker

December 2002
Where we are at .... the First Five Years of Music on the Web (UK)
The Piano Music of William Alwyn by John France
Anton Webern by David Wright
November 2002
Gordon Dale 1935-2001 by Paul Conway
BEETHOVEN by Marion Scott
- complete book
What is a Mezzo Soprano?Chris Howell part (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7),(8),(9)]
Elgar's Baritone by Charles Hooey
Jane Stirling by David Wright
Frederick Chopin by David Wright
October 2002
Programme Notes by Paul Serotsky
Nicolai Miaskovsky - A survey of recordings by Jonathan Woolf
Sir Ivor Atkins
by David Wright
The Art Nouveau of Orchestral Sound by Arthur Butterworth
Enrique Mario Casella
by Lucio J. Bruno-Videla

Marion Scott by Pamela Blevins
September 2002
BARTOK by David Wright
MOZART
by David C F Wright
OLD LAMPS FOR NEW?
Arthur Butterworth
Luigi Boccherini
by David Wright
Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf
by Dr David C F Wright
A visit to Flamborough Head with William Baines
Arthur Meulemans by Hubert Culot
JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR by
Dr David C F Wright
Muzio Clementi
by David Wright
MARIN MARAIS Dr David C F Wright
SAMUEL BARBER Personal thoughts by "Dr. David Wright" (1982)
ROBIN MILFORD CENTENARY: Cause for Celebration
MAYTIME IN ISCHIA: British Music Society TRIP TO LA MORTELLA
Simon Rattle's inaugural concert
with the Berlin Philharmonic reviewed by Marc Bridle
CRAIG SHEPPARD An Interview by Rob Barnett
Richard Stoker Composer, Artist, Writer & Poet by John France
An Interview with the conductor Gavin Sutherland by Rob Barnett
THE DISTAFF SIDE: SOME BRITISH WOMEN COMPOSERS by Philip Scowcroft
August 2002
Albert Roussel by David C F Wright
IN SEARCH OF SIBELIUS by Roy Brewer
"November Woods" by Arnold Bax
By special correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor (1921)
Bax's Last Golden Twilight by Ian Lace
A TRIBUTE TO CAREY BLYTON 1932-2002 IN PRAISE OF A LIFE by Gary Higginson
July 2002
GUY-ROPARTZ A Brief Introduction by Dr David C F Wright
SERGEI LYAPUNOV byDr David C F Wright
Philip Lane
by Edmund Whitehouse
Welcome to Charles Ives pages prepared by Scott Mortensen

Annunzio Paulo Mantovani by Wes Stillwagon

WALTER SCOTT AND MUSIC by Philip Scowcroft
In Memoriam    Murray Adaskin (March 1906 - May 2002) Convocation Address, Brock University October 21, 2000
June 2002
Judith Bingham. A Fiftieth Birthday interview with Christopher Thomas.
Carey (Beckenham's other) Blyton by Cliff Watkins
What is a mezzo-soprano ?
Chris Howell part (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7)]
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS by Dr David C F Wright
Prokofiev and His Masterpiece (Symphony 6) by David Wright
Locatelli and the early Italians
by David Wright

BRAHMS by David Wright
The Friendship of Miaskovsky and Prokofiev by David Wright
Joachim Raff by David Wright
John Veale and Film Music by David Wright
Aaron Copland by David Wright
Irvine Fine by David Wright
May 2002
  Aaron Rabushka by Jennifer Paull
Memories of ‘The Warlock Circle’
by Denis Apivor
Grace Williams
by Pamela Blevins
Joy Finzi
(1907-91) by Pamela Blevins
FLORENT SCHMITT (1870 - 1958)
By Leslie De’Ath
Nikolai KAPUSTIN - A Performer’s Perspective
By Leslie De’Ath
Benjamin Dale's The Flowing Tide
Broadcast, BBC Radio 3,
by Christopher Foreman
MAUD POWELL
- A Pioneer's Legacy by Karen A. Shaffer

Session report: Dutton record York Bowen viola sonatas
New Perspectives on Ivor Gurney’s Mental Illness
by Pamela Blevins
Ivor Gurney and the Question of Syphilis by Pamela Blevins
Ivor Gurney, Wilfred Owen and T. Ratcliffe Barnett in Scotland by Pamela Blevins
THEY GO BROKE BECAUSE WE DON’T BUY ... AND RIGHT WE ARE by Jan Neckers
ARTHUR BENJAMIN
(1893-1960)by Pamela Blevins

Elinor Remick Warren: American Composer by Pamela Blevins

Holes Held Together By String’ Stanford, Parry and the Rise of British Chamber Music in Victoria’s Age by Lewis Foreman
THE SYMPHONIES OF ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK by Paul Conway
April 2002
The Centenary of BILLY MAYERL 1902-1959 celebrated by International Concert Pianist: PHILLIP DYSON WILLIAM DENIS BROWNE (1888 - 1915) by Pamela Blevins ©2000
A meeting of the Muses Angelica Kauffmann, Anna Amalia and Goethe in Germany by Pamela Blevins
MARION SCOTT (1877-1953) CRITIC, CHAMPION OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND WOMEN by Pamela Blevins
A Final Injustice Leonard Salzedo 1921-2000
Jennifer Paull reveals the brouhaha surrounding Leonard Salzedo's final composition on the second anniversary of his death.

MUSIC AND A.E.W. MASON by Philip Scowcroft
March 2002
EMI Great Recordings of the Century - latest release details
John Mark Ainsley in interview with Melanie Eskenazi
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, the SYMPHONY and the SECOND WORLD WAR, with a comparative CD review of the Symphony No. 5 in D by Bill Hedley
A REPLY TO NORMAN LEBRECHT AND ARTHUR BUTTERWORTH by Evan Tucker
What is a mezzosoprano? part (1), (2), (3), (4) Chris Howell
You might like to read a review of the Mariinsky Walkure from Neil McGowan
Carey and Enid BLYTON - Exhibition
IN MEMORIAM - CHRISTOPER PALMER(1946-1995)
LISTENERS - Professional or Amateur? - Arthur Butterworth
Richard WAGNER by David C F Wright
The Unknown Walton by David C F Wright
Matthias Goerne in conversation with Melanie Eskenazi
February 2002
Patrick Hadley THE HILLS by John France
WALTON-BRITTEN, a musical north-south divide? By Arthur Butterworth
Benjamin Frankel:The Making of Music for the Movies by E.D.Kennaway
January 2002
THE RISE AND FALL OF POPULAR MUSIC by Donald Clarke
          Complete book now on-line

Welcome to Luigi Nono
Welcome to Fartein Valen
Welcome to Gerald Finzi - a major new site from John France
Welcome to Ludwig Thuille
Welcome to VILÉM TAUSKÝ C.B.E. F.G.S.M. (b. 1910)
Welcome to Patrick Hadley

EXCLUSIVE Interview with Adriano by Rob Barnett

BEETHOVEN by Davis C F Wright
HAYDN by David C F Wright
Richard Wetz (1875-1935) as Composer By Eric Schissel
Peter Racine Fricker: Personal Thoughts and Memories
by David Wright
DIATRIBES AND DIGRESSIONS New Formats and the Real World by David Dyer
View The MusicWeb Listening Studio
December 2001
Arnold Cooke
Welcome to Arnold Cooke 
November 2001
One of the 76 Smartest Philadelphians: Lang Lang in Interview with Marc Bridle
Magnus Lindberg interviewed by Marc Bridle
BEATRIX POTTER IN MUSIC
by Philip Scowcroft
Music inspired by William Makepeace Thakeray by Philip Scowcroft
H G Wells in Music by Philip Scowcroft
Music inspired by Oscar Wilde by Philip Scowcroft
Crime Fiction and Music by Philip Scowcroft
EDWARD GERMAN: Serious or Light? by Philip Scowcroft
Jascha Horenstein - a CD Discography by Donald Clarke
Sir Malcolm Arnold at 80 by Hubert Culot
Contemporary British Music (1945-1970) by Francis Routh complete on-line book
Arthur Butterworth Writes: The Loquacious Conductor
Diatribes and Digressions:
It maybe Hi-Fi but is it music? by David Dyer
Algernon ASHTON works list
MALCOLM ARNOLD – THE SYMPHONIES: A comparative review (Part One) Paul Conway
GOLDBERG MAGAZINE A quarterly magazine of early music
October 2001
October Reviews Classical  Film Music  Jazz  Seen&Heard  Rock
Contemporary British Music (1945-1970) by Francis Routh (complete book)
DICTIONARY of Classical composers now complete
WORDS, MUSIC AND COMPUTERS by Peter Grahame Woolf
Kenneth Hesketh in interview with Christopher Thomas
Arthur Butterworth Writes: The Loquacious Conductor
September 2001
September Reviews Classical  Film Music  Jazz  Seen&Heard  Rock
ENCYCLOPAEDIA of Popular Music now on-line (nearly 4000 pages)
THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC Reflections of a music publisher by Ernst Roth
Arthur Butterworth Writes: Percussion and the Brass band
Dyertribes and Digressions: Musings on Carmen by David Dyer

If you enjoy the sort of articles Arthur Butterworth and others write and feel you would like to write one yourself I would be willing to open a Public Forum where they could be presented. email Len

Malcolm Arnold's 80th Birthday Celebrations
"Music Maketh Malcolm" by Paul Serotsky
Malcolm Arnold: The Scottish Dances by John France
Daniele (Alexandrovich) AMFITHEATROF Composer - Conductor by John Steven Lasher
August 2001
August Reviews Classical  Film Music  Jazz  Seen&Heard  Rock
Benjamin Britten 1913-1976 Ripe for reassessment? by Roy Brewer
A 20th Century Tower of Babel
This lecture by Seen & Heard's founder and Emeritus Editor, given as part of the International Composers Master Class and Music Week at Bilbao, is a reflection not only of Dr Peter Woolf's personal interest in contemporary music but of his international standing as a critic on the subject.
Music and the Brontes by Phil Scowcroft
Music and the Forsyte Saga by Phil Scowcroft
Horse Racing and Music by Phil Scowcroft
Music and the Lake District by Phil Scowcroft
British Composers in Literature by Phil Scowcroft
Music and J.B.Priestley by Phil Scowcroft
Robin Hood in Music by Phil Scowcroft
July 2001
July Reviews Classical  Film Music  Jazz  Seen&Heard  Rock
Ben Heppner interviewed by Marc Bridle
THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC Reflections of a Music Publisher by ERNST ROTH (1966: first published by Cassell London) We are reproducing the entire book.
Remembering Harold Craxton
by Christopher Howell
Arthur Butterworth Writes
: Transcriptions - A Change of Colour?
June 2001
June Reviews  Classical  Film Music  Jazz  Seen&Heard  Rock
Ships and harbours in Music by Phil Scowcroft
Phil Scowcroft's Garlands: Nos 110-127 now completed
THOSE INCREDIBLE MEN AND THEIR MUSIC MACHINES By Roy Brewer
HOW I CAME TO KNOW THE MUSIC OF EDMUND RUBBRA by Gary Higginson
SOME THOUGHTS ON YORK BOWEN byJohn Lindsay
May 2001
May CD Reviews Classical  Film Music  Jazz
Lennox Berkeley by Peter Dickinson
John MacLaughlin Williams (conductor ) is interviewed by Rob Barnett May 2001
IAIN HAMILTON (1922-2000)
by Paul Conway
MALCOLM WILLIAMSON - a 70th Birthday Tribute by Paul Conway
Phyllis Tate
Welcome to Phyllis Tate
April 2001
April Reviews: Classical  FilmMusic
April Fool
Giuseppe Sinopoli - 1946 - 2001

Arthur Butterworth Writes: Why does a composer revise a work?
MUSIC AND JANE AUSTEN by Phil Scowcroft
MUSIC AND THOMAS HARDY by Phil Scowcroft
RUDYARD KIPLING and Music  by Phil Scowcroft
TALES OF THE ILL-FATED VICAR by Charles A. Hooey
"...A VOICE WITHOUT EQUAL..." CAROLINE HATCHARD by Charles A. Hooey
Iain Kendell
Welcome to Iain Kendell
James Stevens
Welcome to James Stevens
Thomas Dunhill
Welcome to Thomas Dunhill and see also article by Philip Scowcroft
March 2001
March Reviews :Classical Film Music
Elgar in Crime Fiction by Phil Scowcroft
The Lighter Elgar by Phil Scowcroft
STANLEY BATE - Forgotten International Composer. by Michael Barlow and Robert Barnett
Thomas Wilson
Welcome to Thomas Wilson
February 2001
February Reviews: Classical  Seen&Heard  Film Music  Jazz
Extraordinarily useful list of Internet help sites that will give you an answer (usually for free)
IAN PACE in interview with Marc Bridle
Arthur Butterworth Writes: A little Haydn? Good! - recollections of the start of his career
Aviation in Music by Phil Scowcroft: New extended article
GASTRONOMY AND MUSIC: The Cafe Orchestra in Fact and Fiction  by Philip Scowcroft
Roads and Road Transport in Music (in four parts) by Philip Scowcroft
Phillip Scowcroft : Major British Light Music Composers - single composer articles:John Ansell, The John Addisons, Hugo Anson, Herbert Bedford, George Howard Clutsam, Eric Coates, Eric Coates(2), Frederic Curzon, Brian Easdale, Harry Farjeon, Percy Fletcher, Hugh Fraser-Simson, Nicholas Gatty, Victor Hely-Hutchinson, Theodore Holland, Maurice Johnstone, Albert W Ketèlbey, James Lyon, Walton O'Donnell, Montague Phillips, W H Reed, Arthur Wood, Haydn Wood ,Thomas Wood, Leslie Woodgate.
EMI GREAT RECORDINGS OF THE CENTURY The latest releases
January 2001
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January Film Music CD Reviews
January Classical CD Reviews
Arthur Butterworth writes: An Un-nerving business
Phil Scowcroft's Garlands: British Light Music
Another 60 Garlands have ben added and a biography of Phil.
Aviation and Music
Waterways and Music
Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Welome to Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Andrew Downes
Welcome to Andrew Downes
Percy Whitlock
Complete organ catalogue now added
Alfred Hollins
Welcome to Alfred Hollins
Gustav Holst
Welcome to Gustav Holst: A Len Mullenger commission
Joseph Holbrooke
JOSEPH HOLBROOKE The Composer of Light Music by Philip L Scowcroft This is a companion article to Rob Barnett's biography and catalogue of the composer.


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