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BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine September 2020

BBC Music Magazine is a must for anyone with a passion for classical music. Classical music connoisseurs and new enthusiast alike will enjoy the fascinating features and reviews of over 120 new works in every issue. Please Note: Our digital edition does not include the cover mount items or supplements you would normally find with printed copies

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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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1 min.
this month’s contributors

Jessica Duchen Critic and author ‘When I first heard some Bartók, aged eight, the timpani glissandos scared me witless. Now, though, I think he was perhaps the greatest composer of his day. And have you heard him play the piano?’ Page 26 Julian Haylock Music journalist and author ‘Who would have thought that composing could be so risky? In one particular case, as I discovered, it even proved fatal. One thing’s for sure, it’s certainly not a career choice for the faint-hearted.’ Page 50 Roger Nichols Critic and author ‘A complaint sometimes levelled at French music is over its ultra-polite elegance. So it was fun listening to Florent Schmitt’s direct, rumbustuous style, at one with a man who took no prisoners.’ Page 56…

1 min.
welcome

Far from a phoenix-like rise, classical music faces an uphill climb back to some semblance of normality. While Richard Morrison talks mostly about professional musicians on p25, it’s the amateur scene that has been equally devastated. As I wrote in these pages some years back, Bristol, where this magazine is produced, is home to over 50 choirs, half-a-dozen amateur symphony orchestras, opera societies, brass bands and countless chamber groups. Together they form the bedrock of the city’s culture and provide a cherished respite from the daily grind. Ironically, we’ve recently needed that respite more than ever. Bristol is, of course, just one of hundreds of cities and towns whose music culture has disappeared. So when the green light is finally given to rejoin your ensemble, do let us know how you…

1 min.
letter of the month

The rest is silence Your August Timepiece feature on 4'33" mentions John Cage’s quote that there is no such thing as silence. When it became obvious that our son was intending to pursue a career as a professional drummer, we enlisted a company to build a studio that would allow a band to play without disturbing our neighbours. The first time I sat alone in the soundproof studio I was totally surprised at what I could hear. My breath was loud and there was an underpinning of thrum from the beat of my heart. This became a trio when my digestive system gurgled quietly. I easily identified these sources but there was a hiss that became more and more obtrusive the longer I sat. Later I found out that, in silence,…

4 min.
have your say…

Water music It’s a shame Michael White didn’t name the ‘surprisingly rich laryngologist’ who first funded the Proms (The people who shaped the Proms, August). Dr George Cathcart didn’t just initiate the arena fountain as well, he decreed ice blocks surrounding it to cool the Queen’s Hall. The fountain itself survived two world wars, including the transfer (of a new one) to the Royal Albert Hall when Queen’s Hall was destroyed in 1941. It was finally removed in 2011 to make room for not so much bums on seats as more feet on floor. Entering a gradually filling hall on a hot summer’s evening to be greeted by the sight and cooling sounds of a flower-surrounded fountain was one of the features that made the Proms unique. Am I the only…

2 min.
government accounces culture rescue package

Leading figures from the classical music world have welcomed the UK government’s announcement of a £1.57 billion rescue package to help the country’s arts industries cope with the impact of COVID-19 . The funds will go towards supporting the UK’s museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, heritage sites and live music venues, and will be a mix of emergency grants and loans. It has not yet been announced how the money will be split between regions and industries, or how venues and organisations can apply for funding. Freelance musicians, meanwhile, have yet to receive any official guidance of how they might receive funding during the lockdown period. ‘We must protect and preserve all we can for future generations’ The announcement comes after violinist Nicola Benedetti, conductor Simon Rattle, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and trumpeter…

1 min.
sound bites

Big-screen composer Composer Joseph Boulogne is to be the subject of a new Hollywood film. The Searchlight Pictures movie, which is being written by Stefani Robinson and directed by Stephen Williams, will tell of the remarkable life of the ferociously talented Boulogne who, also known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was the toast of Paris towards the end of 18th century, earning himself the nickname ‘the Black Mozart’ and hobnobbing with royalty. Doctor Poster Kings Place is to stage a unique new series of one-to-one concerts over August and September. The Kings Place Culture Clinics will involve visitors to the London venue enjoying a 15-minute consultation in which they tell a musician about their lockdown experiences before having a piece of music prescribed to them in return. Artists involved include pianist Tom Poster and…