The Musical Times
The Musical Times 1848
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]

It was originally created by Joseph Mainzer in 1842 as Mainzer's Musical Times and Singing Circular, but in 1844 he sold it to Joseph Alfred Novello (who also founded The Musical World in 1836), and it was published monthly by Novello and Co. (also owned by Alfred Novello at the time).[2] 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


  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. ^ 'Grace, Harvey' in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 7th. edition (1974), p. 875
  13. ^ Oxford Dictionary of Music (2013)
  14. ^ Musical Times, September 1960, p. 547
  15. ^ Dickinson, Peter. Basil Ramsey obituary, The Guardian, 24 July, 2018