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Alex Klassen

MUS 499 Joseph Salem

October 30, 2016

Database Assignment
1. Searching for Britten/Sacher/Rostropovich brought forth a couple of interesting
looking abstracts for dissertations, but did not leave open any doors for their retrieval. I hope
to retrieve them.
2. I expanded my search to include other compositions as necessary. This led to inclusion
of journal articles and festschriften materials. The process of transcribing the materials in to
the UVic Find This page was ridiculous as it introduced rampant errors into the search

Articles Found Through RILM

Carone, Angela, A recitativo without words Luciano Berios Les mots sont alles.
Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung. Nr 21 (April 2008) 44-49
While dealing solely with Berios Les Mots, Carones paper provides a model for
analysis potentially suitable to all works in the collection, combining insights into the pre
compositional process with extensive though standard structural and motivic analysis.
Also, rather efficient in its delivery at only 4 pages

Dibelius, Ulrich. Wolfgang Fortner: Wege - Werk - Wesen in Komponisten des 20.
Jahrhunderts in der Paul Sacher Stiftung. 251-260. Basel: Paul Sacher Stiftung, 1986

Discusses Fortners late compositional turn to the theatre, and his creative and technical
efforts in the genre.

Fan, Chia-Lin. The solo cello music of Benjamin Britten: An Analysis. First cello suite,
op. 72, second cello suite, op. 80, third cello suite, op. 87, and Tema Sacher. (abstract).
2007. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, EBSCOhost (accessed October 30, 2016).

Dissertation from Ball State University looking into Brittens cello works. Contrasts
Brittens cello writing with that of his contemporaries. Discusses running themes in
Brittens compositional process

McCormick, Lisa. "Hommages Sacher: A case study in the commissioning, composition,
and performance of new music in the 1970s." (abstract). 2000. RILM Abstracts of Music
Literature, EBSCOhost (accessed October 30, 2016).

An Mphil Performance Thesis From Oxford, purports to discuss the 12 Hommages as

an act of collective musicality.

Meyer, Felix. 'Hommage Sacher via Bartk': Bartk quotations in Henri Dutilleux's Trois
strophes sur le nom de Sacher and Heinz Holliger's Atembogen in Essays in honor of
Lszl Somfai on his 70th birthday: Studies in the sources and the interpretation of music. ed. Laszlo
Vikarius and Vera Lampert. Toronto: Scarecrow Press, 2005

Looks at works written in honour of Paul Sacher on two separate occasions. Both
Composers contributed to the 70th birthday tribute. Looks at how the required tribute

(eSACHERe) was complemented by additional reference to Bartoks Music for Strings,
Percussion. Pertinent as it extends the purview of compositional material beyond the
12 homages.
***Laszlo Vikarius is the ultimate name for an editor of academic material***

3. Works found in Music Index.

There were a proliferation of reviews and commercial magazine articles. I bypassed most,
but not all of them.

Adams, Byron. Review: Reviewed works: Tema "Sacher" for Cello Solo by Benjamin
Britten; Two Lullabies for Two Pianos (1936) by Benjamin Britten; The Company of
Heaven (1937); Cantata for Speaker(s), Soprano Solo, Tenor Solo, Chorus (SATB),
Timpani, Organ, and Strings by Benjamin Britten, R. Ellis Roberts; The Sword in the
Stone; Concert Suite for Chamber Ensemble [Flute, Clarinet in B-Flat, Bassoon,
Trumpet in C, Tenor Trombone, Harp, Percussion] (1939) by Benjamin Britten; Now
Sleeps the Crimson Petal for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (1943) by Benjamin Britten,
Tennyson Alfred, Colin Matthews in Notes. Second Series Vol 50, No 1 (Sep. 1993) 369 -

This article reviews the scores released by the estate of Benjamin Britten from the final
years of the composers life. It is notable for its critical view of the Tema Sacher in
the context of the complete set. Also It provides contemporary context for compositions
in Brittens final period

Bodman Rae, Charles. Lutoslawski's Golden Year. in The Musical Times. Vol. 127,
No. 1723 (Oct., 1986), pp. 547-551. DOI: 10.2307/964385

Bodman Rae, Charles. Lutoslawski's Late Violin Works in The Musical Times
Vol. 131, No. 1772 (Oct., 1990), pp. 530-533. DOI: 10.2307/966501

These 2 complementary articles provide a succinct guide to the mature and late periods
of Lutoslawski's career. They outline many of his compositional practices around the time
of the Sacher Variation and examine the continuing relationship between composer
and patron.

4. Other Database searches - were in the whole not as fruitful as RILM, unsurprisingly. The
Music Index contained many results but was hampered by a poor search algorithm which could
not filter results well. The few useful results were performance reviews and duplicates of articles
found in RILM. On the other hand it looked nice. RIPM contained little pertinent material.