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The Musical Times

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The Musical Times
DisciplineClassical music
Edited byAntony Bye
Publication details
Former name(s)
The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular
Musical Times Publications (United Kingdom)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Music. Times
OCLC no.53165808

The Musical Times is an academic journal of classical music edited and produced in the United Kingdom and currently the oldest such journal still being published in the country.[1]

The periodical was founded as a monthly in 1844 by J. Alfred Novello, head of music publishing company Novello and Co, who had previously founded the weekly Musical World in 1836,[2] and who in 1842 acquired Mainzer's Musical Times and Singing Circular. It first appeared as The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, a name which was retained until 1903.[3][4] From the very beginning every issue - initially just eight pages - contained a simple piece of choral music (alternating secular and sacred), which choral society members subscribed to collectively for the sake of the music.[5]

Its title was shortened to its present name from January 1904.[6] Even during World War II it continued to be published regularly, making it the world's oldest continuously published periodical devoted to western classical music.[7] In 1947 a two volume compilation of material from the first 100 years of the magazine, edited by Percy Scholes, was published.[8]

The journal originally appeared monthly but is now a quarterly publication. It is available online at JSTOR and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Full Text.

Past editors

  • Joseph Alfred Novello (1844–1863). Founding editor from 1844 to 1853, then again from 1856 until 1863. Son of Vincent Novello.
  • Mary Cowden Clarke.[9] The sister of Alfred Novello, she was editor from 1853 to 1856. Cowden Clarke wrote a long series of articles called 'Music among the Poets'. She induced her friend Leigh Hunt to contribute.
  • Henry Charles Lunn (1817-1894).[9] Over his 24 year editorship (1863-1887) Lunn developed The Musical Times into a periodical of considerable importance. He was particularly noted for his coverage of provincial festivals.
  • William Alexander Barrett (1834–1891).[9] Editor, 1887–1891. Barrett was an organist and composer, and from 1869 until 1891 chief music critic of The Morning Post.
  • Edgar Frederick Jacques (1850–1906).[9] Editor from 1892 until March 1897. A music critic, and from 1888 proprietor of The Musical World until its demise in 1891.
  • Frederick George Edwards (1853–1909).[10] Editor, 1897-1909. An organist, Edwards used the pseudonym "Dotted Crotchet" to write "educationally suggestive interviews with musical celebrities", as well as a many articles about "cathedrals, churches, and educational institutions".[11]
  • William Gray McNaught (1849–1918). Editor, 1909-1918.[9] Respected adjudicator and inspector of music for schools. He wrote a series of articles on cathedrals and their musical associations.
  • Harvey Grace. Long-serving editor from 1918 until his death in 1944. Brought an interest in contemporary developments in composition to The Musical Times. Pen name 'Feste'.
  • William McNaught (1883–1953). Editor from March 1944 until his death in 1953. Son of William Gray McNaught. He continued to develop the contemporary music coverage.
  • Martin Cooper.[12] Editor from 1953–1956.
  • Harold Rutland (1900-1977). Editor, 1957–1960. Pianist, critic and composer.
  • Robin Hull. Editor, 1960. He started as Assistant Editor in October 1958, became Editor in April 1960, died on 6 August 1960, aged 53.[13]
  • Andrew Porter. Editor, 1960–1967.
  • Stanley Sadie. Editor, 1967–1987.
  • Alison Latham. Co-editor, 1977–1988.
  • Andrew Clements. Editor, 1987–1988.
  • Eric Wen. Editor, 1988–1990.
  • Basil Ramsey. Editor, 1990-1992.[14]
  • Antony Bye. Editor from 1992.


  1. ^ 'The Musical Times'. Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1760–1966)
  2. ^ 'The Musical World'. Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1760–1966)
  3. ^ Publisher Information: Musical Times Publications Ltd. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Front Matter". The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular. 44 (730): 769–776. 1903. JSTOR 904250.
  5. ^ Scholes, Percy.A. 'The 'Musical Times' Century', in The Musical Times, Vol. 85, No. 1216, Centenary Number 1844-1944 (June, 1944), pp. 173-176
  6. ^ "Volume Information". The Musical Times. 45 (731): i–viii. 1904. JSTOR 903288.
  7. ^ Editorial, The Musical Times, Vol. 135, No. 1816, 150th Anniversary Issue (June 1994), pp. 328-329
  8. ^ The Mirror of Music, 1844-1944: A Century of Musical Life in Britain as Reflected in the Pages of the Musical Times (1947)
  9. ^ a b c d e Hughes, Meirion. The English Musical Renaissance and the Press 1850-1914: Watchmen of Music
  10. ^ "Frederick George Edwards. Born, October 11, 1853. Died, November 28, 1909" . The Musical Times. 51 (803): 9–11. January 1910. JSTOR 907487 – via Wikisource.
  11. ^ Range, Matthias (2012). Music and Ceremonial at British Coronations : From James I to Elizabeth II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-139-55234-9. OCLC 811502356.
  12. ^ Oxford Dictionary of Music (2013)
  13. ^ Musical Times, September 1960, p. 547
  14. ^ Dickinson, Peter. Basil Ramsey obituary, The Guardian, 24 July, 2018

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