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John D. Pelzer shows the connections between Jazz, Youth and the German Occupation.

Isaac Watts died on November 25th, 1748, aged seventy-four, in Stoke Newington, Hackney.

Volume: 48 Issue: 11 1998

Jayne Rosefield looks at the interaction between the composer and the dictator. Winner of the 1998 Julia Wood Prize.

Issue: 32 1998

Ivor Wynne Jones on how a dusty garage in Cairo was once the unlikely setting for keeping up British morale with 'Music for All'.

Volume: 47 Issue: 7 1997

Richard Cavendish and the leitmotiv of lost innocence at Elgar's birthplace and museum near Worcester.

Volume: 44 Issue: 11 1994

An article about a project in exploring Jewish instrumental music

Volume: 43 Issue: 7 1993

Elizabeth Manning looks at how an Enlightenment ruler enlisted opera in his struggle to homogenise and reinforce the Habsburg empire.

Volume: 43 Issue: 1 1993

Ian Bradley looks at what qualified as family favourites in the last decade of the nineteenth century.

Volume: 42 Issue: 7 1992

Kenneth Asch on Prague's memento to the great composer

Volume: 42 Issue: 2 1992

Kenneth Asch on Berlin's opera house, the Deutsche Staatsoper.

Volume: 42 Issue: 10 1992

Michael Diamond discusses what popular songs and singers had to say about Britain's politicians in the 1880s and 1890s.

Volume: 40 Issue: 1 1990

Paul Preston expresses both a historic and a musical interpretation of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.

Volume: 35 Issue: 2 1985

The tango was to Argentina what jazz was to New Orleans. As Simon Collier explains, it swept the world in the pre-First World War era and Carlos Gardel was its star.


Robert Hermstorff describes how Goethe moved to Weimar in 1775 and during the rest of his long life made the small Saxon town the centre of German letters and learning.

Volume: 28 Issue: 5 1978

Aram Bakshian Jr. profiles a true Venetian, Lorenzo Da Ponte, who, like his associate Casanova, had an extravagant and boldly adventurous career.

Volume: 28 Issue: 3 1978

Aileen Ribeiro describes the masquerades and concerts that took place in eighteenth century Soho, as devised by the socialite, opera singer, and adventuress from Vienna. 

Volume: 28 Issue: 1 1978

Ian Bradley traces the development of the Salvation Army's brass sections.

Volume: 27 Issue: 3 1977

Owain Edwards profiles one of the most eminent Italian composers and performers.

Volume: 26 Issue: 8 1976

J.S. Curtis charts the development of stringed keyboard instruments from the virginal and spinet, to the ‘forte-piano’.

Volume: 26 Issue: 3 1976

'The War Song for the Army of the Rhine' was composed and first sung at Strasbourg some months before it was adopted by the citizens of Marseilles.

Volume: 21 Issue: 2 1971

When David Garrick, the most distinguished actor of his day, organised a splendid festival in honour of our greatest dramatist, writes Carola Oman, everything favoured him except the weather.

Volume: 19 Issue: 8 1969

Joanna Richardson describes how after he had moved to Paris, Jacques Offenbach, the son of a cantor at the synagogue in Cologne, created an operatic epitome of the Second Empire.

Volume: 19 Issue: 5 1969

Owain Edwards writes about the sea change in classical music composition - and listenership - as the galant music of the Bachs reached London.

Volume: 18 Issue: 11 1968

The duality of Chopin's nature, divided between the claims of an unsatisfied idealism and a deep inbred pessimism, is reflected in his music. Noel Goodwin profiles the great composer and musician.

Volume: 10 Issue: 6 1960

Noel Goodwin remembers Joseph Haydn, who led a dedicated life of remarkable fertility and created “a method and style of musical architecture capable of such infinite variety that more than a century of orchestral music was directly based upon it.”

Volume: 9 Issue: 6 1959

Charles Dimont traces the background and development of the English nation's favourite song.

Volume 3: Issue: 5 1953

Alan Yorke-Long documents the beginnings of Georgian England's affair with the music of the Hanoverian composer.

1951 Volume: 1 Issue: 10

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