|Edited by||Antony Bye|
The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular
Musical Times Publications (United Kingdom)
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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.
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, 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. 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.
Its title was shortened to its present name from January 1904. 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. In 1947 a two volume compilation of material from the first 100 years of the magazine, edited by Percy Scholes, was published.
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.