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Malipiero, whose output covered nearly 70 knowing references to Stravinsky, Respighi and script by Detmar Huchting in both English years. His Torneo Notturno is particularly Verdi? How many readers of this magazine are and German covering what you may well striking while his La favola del figlio cambiata familiar with the teeming complexity of Aldo agree to be a guide through the composer’s life is an extremely adventurous piece using a Clementi’s music or the seemingly almost and musical masterpieces. considerable diversity of styles. Malipiero’s desperate search for new frontiers in Evan- Tucked into the cover are 4 CDs contain- final orchestral work, Omaggio a Belmonte gelista’s 1962 Random or not random for ing well knitted excerpts from virtually all of (1971) is a homage to Schoenberg. Also to be orchestra, to the seemingly mystical Uaxuct- Puccini’s operas and the rarely-heard Requiem. mentioned from that time is Ghedini, with a um (1966) of Giancinto Scelsi? The singers include such famous names as Partita per orchestra (1926) and an especially Although most people likely to read this Maria Callas, Guiseppe Di Stefano, Victoria fine Architetture (1940). page regard BBC’s Radio 3 as a national de Los Angeles, Renata Tebaldi and many more In a sense the most imposing figures in this treasure, the fact is that they give us almost no under such conductors as Tullio Serafin and book are Petrassi, whose music is scarcely known chance of hearing any of this music. It is the Sir Thomas Beecham. in Britain, and the slightly less unfamiliar same with American works. We get quantities All this for under £30! Under most circum- Dallapiccola. Petrassi again was concerned of Gershwin, Bernstein and the centenarian stances this is a book which has enough with 16th-century polyphony, as is indicated Carter, only a few popular works by Copland goodies to satisfy those, who not only know, by works like his early setting of Psalm IX (Rodeo etc), hardly anything by the founding but delight in the music they love. A bargain (1934-6) and his Noche Oscura (1950) in father, Charles Ives, and nothing from such which can only be recommended for sheer which, as Webb says, ‘vocal and instrumental vital figures as Roger Sessions, Carl Ruggles, enjoyment. DENBY RICHARDS lines mingle to form a single homogeneous Roy Harris, Wallingford Riegger. Webb’s book texture.’ Also notable is a magnificent series of is another indication that we ought not to be MAGNUM OPUS SERIES concertos for orchestra, above all the last two so easily pleased. MAX HARRISON Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1964, 1972), in which elements of serialism By: Victor Lederer are present. Serial too is Dallapiccola’s Canti The Continuum International Publishing di Prigionia (1938-42), which indeed is a Group Ltd supreme happening in the growth of modern ISBN: 9780826429407 144pp £9.99 music in Italy. Dallapiccola of course went further, with the Canti di Liberazione (1953- must admit to delighting in the 129 pages of 5) and his final opera, Ulisse (1968), which the composer regarded as his masterpiece yet I this extremely readable book whose title could all too easily prepare the reader for a which has not received much attention, even learned tone. in Italy. Early in my career as a music critic, in the The Darmstadt summer courses had a great late 1940’s, I was sent to the Royal Albert Hall influence on composers in
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