Today in Musicologist History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1749-02-22 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist/1st biographer of Bach
  • 1773-08-29 Raphael G Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music)
  • 1777-01-08 Filippo Traetta, Italy, composer/musicologist
  • 1800-01-14 Ludwig Alois Ferdinand Köchel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1877)
  • 1816-11-17 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
  • 1826-12-03 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist
  • 1835-12-07 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk/musicologist
  • 1840-04-21 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist (Magister choralis)
  • 1846-11-10 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist/composer
  • 1848-02-27 Charles Hubert H Parry, England, musicologist/composer (Jerusalem)
  • 1855-11-01 Guido Adler, Austria, musicologist (Still in the Music)
  • 1855-11-13 Daniel F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist/banker
  • 1861-12-17 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1862-05-02 Marie F M Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine)
  • 1868-04-16 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist/composer
  • 1868-06-19 Heinrich Schenker, [A Niloff], Austrian musicologist (Urlinie)
  • 1870-09-23 John Lomax, Miss, folk song collector/ethnomusicologist
  • 1873-08-22 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist
  • 1875-07-17 Donald Francis Tovey, Eton England, musicologist/composer
  • 1876-12-07 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv)
  • 1877-02-25 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • 1877-04-02 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik)
  • 1878-10-17 Andrei N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai
  • 1879-05-06 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist
  • 1880-12-30 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist/nephew of Albert Einstein
  • 1881-06-29 Curt Sachs, German musicologist (d. 1959)
  • 1882-10-12 Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer
  • 1883-09-05 Otto E Deutsch, Austrian musicologist (Schubert-Brevier)
  • 1883-11-16 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist/composer (In Tempore Belli)
  • 1885-10-21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austria, composer/musicologist
  • 1886-04-05 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter)
  • 1886-06-01 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • 1887-03-23 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn-catalog)
  • 1887-11-14 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austria, musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1890-01-22 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • 1892-02-01 K Rudolf Mengelberg, composer/musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall)
  • 1893-01-05 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik)
  • 1893-10-30 Willi Apel, German/US musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music)
  • 1896-01-20 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • 1897-04-08 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1900-04-02 Heinrich Besseler, German musicologist
  • 1900-07-31 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen (d. 1974)
  • 1901-07-15 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1901-08-28 Paul Henry Lang, Budapest, critic/musicologist (NY Herald Tribune)
  • 1901-12-13 Georg M Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/theory [OS]
  • 1902-10-23 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist
  • 1902-11-16 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist
  • 1904-08-17 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1906-10-12 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar
  • 1911-01-17 Hermann Pfrogner, Austria, musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1911-04-03 Harold Watkins Shaw, musicologist
  • 1911-06-10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1914-02-08 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • 1914-09-25 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist
  • 1915-01-31 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • 1915-04-15 Ernest Borneman, sexual researcher psychotherapist writer/musicologist
  • 1919-09-14 Deryck Cooke, British composer and musicologist, born in Leicester (d. 1976)
  • 1920-12-13 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified)
  • 1922-06-14 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1926-01-01 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • 1927-03-17 Kenneth S Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist
  • 1927-05-05 Charles Rosen, pianist/musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927-07-12 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Trieste (d. 2014)
  • 1929-12-03 Werner Rackwitz, German musicologist (Handel-Renaissance)
  • 1931-04-02 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Budapest (d. 2014)
  • 1935-03-30 Karl Berger, German musicologist and musician
  • 1939-01-07 David Buchan, ethno-musicologist
  • 1940-01-11 Mark DeVoto, America Musicologist and composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1950-07-16 Tom Terrell, musicologist, deejay

Deaths in Music

  • 1103-01-17 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1748-03-23 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer/musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1764-04-17 Johann Mattheson, German composer/musicologist, dies at 82
  • 1850-01-01 Raphael G Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist, dies at 76
  • 1868-01-14 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Ursatz), dies at 66
  • 1876-01-10 Charles EH de Coussemaker, Belgian musicologist/historian, dies at 70
  • 1876-06-28 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist, dies at 59
  • 1877-06-03 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1800)
  • 1895-11-25 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1906-03-22 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1908-12-24 Francois-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian musicologist/composer, dies at 80
  • 1910-09-05 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist, dies at 70
  • 1917-02-13 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist/composer, dies at 48
  • 1918-10-07 C Hubert H Parry, Engl musicologist/composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1923-12-08 Dom Joseph Pothier, French Benedictine/musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1927-02-06 Daniel F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist/banker, dies at 71
  • 1935-02-09 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1935-11-28 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1877)
  • 1938-04-18 Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • 1938-12-14 Marie FM Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1940-05-23 Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies
  • 1940-07-10 Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • 1940-11-30 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer, dies at 78
  • 1941-03-07 Arnold Schering, German musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1942-01-21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1942-02-15 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
  • 1947-08-13 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies
  • 1952-02-13 Alfred Einstein, German/US musicologist, dies at 71
  • 1954-08-13 Hermann W S Waltershausen, German musicologist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1955-02-17 Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • 1955-12-08 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • 1957-04-30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • 1958-03-14 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist/critic/composer, dies at 64
  • 1961-09-23 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • 1967-05-17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • 1973-03-26 Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/musicologist, dies at 67
  • 1973-07-30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1974-11-09 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austria, composer/musicologist, dies at 89
  • 1976-12-12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 1977-02-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist (b. 1901)
  • 1983-11-01 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn Catalog), dies at 96
  • 1984-04-13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • 1985-12-04 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1991-05-27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1991-11-08 John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies
  • 1993-09-15 Frits Noske, musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72
  • 1994-01-13 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1994-10-22 David Buchan, ethno-Musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1994-11-27 Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (b. 1906)
  • 1995-11-11 Kenneth Goldstein, folklorist/enthomusicologist, dies at 68
  • 1995-12-25 Nikolai [Nicolas Leonidovich] Slonimsky, musicologist, dies at 101
  • 1996-10-08 Harold Watkins Shaw, musicologist, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-18 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • 2007-11-29 Tom Terrell, musicologist, NPR reviewer, deejay (b. 1950)
  • 2010-03-17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2010-11-23 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2014-02-19 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • 2014-10-20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87