Notes by Sir Tony Wrigley, President of the British Academy, for the July-December 1999 issue of the [British Academy] Review.
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Published in Review, July-December 1999.
These extracts are taken from the third annual ‘British Academy Lecture’, delivered by Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd FBA on 18 November 1999 at the British Academy. He considers below three case studies taken from the ancient world illustrating the different conditions under which scientific investigations were carried out.
In an edited extract from his chapter in ‘The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century’, Professor Brian Barry FBA considers how the study of politics in Britain became professionalized over the course of the last century. In contrast to other contributors to the volume who provide a wealth of information about the work done by British political scientists in the twentieth century, Professor Barry inspects not the product, but the producers.
Jonathan Del Mar began his work of compiling new Urtext Editions of the nine Beethoven Symphonies in 1995. Until now the edition most commonly used by orchestras has been the Breitkopf & Härtel, made as long ago as 1862–4, and the past four years’ research will result in the first complete scholarly edition of the Symphonies since that date. The method of research normally uses as a base the standard Breitkopf score, comparing this in every detail with all surviving sources, primarily from facsimiles and paper copies of microfilms; specific queries are then checked against the original manuscripts, held in repositories all over Europe. This project has been supported throughout the period by small research grants from the British Academy, and the final symphony, No.7, will appear in June 2000.
Here Jonathan Del Mar reports on the preparation of Symphony No.5, which was published in November 1999.