Musicologists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1684-09-18 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1748)
  • 1720-08-11 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, born in Horb am Neckar (d. 1793)
  • 1726-04-12 Charles Burney, English music historian, born in Shrewsbury, England (d. 1814)
  • 1749-02-22 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, musicologist/1st biographer of Bach
  • 1766-10-09 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, born in Velichov, Czech Republic (d. 1842)
  • 1773-08-29 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), born in Holleschau, Moravia, Czech Republic (d. 1850)
  • 1777-01-08 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • 1800-01-14 Ludwig Alois Ferdinand Köchel, Austrian musicologist, born in Krems an der Donau, Austria (d. 1877)
  • 1813-01-23 Franz Commer, German composer & musicologist, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1813-03-02 George Alexander Macfarren, British composer and musicologist, born in London, England (d. 1887)
  • 1816-11-17 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist (History of Music)
  • 1819-09-06 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian and composer, born in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany (d. 1887)
  • 1822-08-15 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1823-01-05 William Rockstro, English musicologist & composer, born in Cheam, Sutton (d. 1895)
  • 1826-12-03 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, born in Oudenaarde, Belgium (d. 1895)
  • 1835-12-07 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, born in Bouzemont, France (d. 1923)
  • 1840-04-12 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), born in Mallersdorf-Pfaffenberg, Bavaria (d. 1910)
  • 1842-03-22 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (d. 1912)
  • 1846-06-04 Josef Sittard, German musicologist and music critic, born in Vital, Aachen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1846-11-10 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist and composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1906)
  • 1847-05-25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1922)
  • 1848-02-27 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1918)
  • 1854-09-17 Hans Müller, German music historian and writer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1855-11-01 Guido Adler, Bohemian-Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music), born in Eibenschütz, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1855-11-13 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1858-01-25 Giuseppi Radiciotti, Italian musicologist & composer, born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1859-12-27 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), born in Ebrington, Gloucestshire (d. 1937)
  • 1861-12-17 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1862-05-02 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer and musicologist (Salamine), born in Bar-sur-Aube, France (d. 1938)
  • 1864-12-30 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Amantea, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1868-04-16 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
  • 1868-06-19 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)
  • 1870-01-13 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/conductor/musicologist (Moniuszko), born in Kraków (d. 1942)
  • 1870-09-23 John Lomax, Miss, folk song collector/ethnomusicologist
  • 1872-04-01 Tadeusz Joteyko, Polish conductor, composer, and musicologist (Zygmunt August), born in Poczujki, Russian Empire (d. 1932)
  • 1873-08-22 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1935)
  • 1874-02-15 Emilis Melngailis, Latvian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Vidriži, Russian Empire (d. 1954)
  • 1875-07-17 Donald Francis Tovey, Eton England, musicologist/composer
  • 1876-04-25 Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), born in Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1945)
  • 1876-12-07 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven-Archiv), born in Regensburg, Germany (d. 1957)
  • 1877-02-25 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (d. 1935)
  • 1877-04-02 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1941)
  • 1879-05-06 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, born in Vellinge, Sweden (d. 1947)
  • 1880-11-03 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist and composer, born in Gualdo Tadino, Italy (d. 1943)
  • 1880-12-30 Alfred Einstein, German-American musicologist and nephew of Albert Einstein
  • 1881-06-29 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1882-10-12 Hermann Wolfgang Sartorius Waltershausen, German musicologist and composer, born in Göttingen, Germany (d. 1954)
  • 1883-09-05 Otto Erich Deutsch, Austrian musicologist (Schubert-Brevier), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1967)
  • 1883-10-11 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1883-11-16 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli) (d. 1958)
  • 1884-02-29 Alfred Sendrey, American composer and musicologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1976)
  • 1884-12-19 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Senigallia, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1885-10-21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist
  • 1886-01-10 Jose Antonio de Donostia, Basque musicologist & composer, born in Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain (d. 1956)
  • 1886-04-05 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1886-06-01 Ernst Kurth, Austrian/Swiss musicologist
  • 1887-03-23 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn-catalog)
  • 1887-11-14 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian musicologist/conductor/composer
  • 1890-01-22 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • 1890-11-30 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1892-02-01 Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist (Amsterdam Concert Hall), born in Krefeld (d. 1959)
  • 1893-01-05 Friedrich Blume, German musicologist (Das Rassenproblem in der Musik), born in Schlüchtern, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1893-10-10 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), born in Konitz, West Prussia (d. 1988)
  • 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, born in Hörde, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 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, Hungarian-American critic and musicologist (NY Herald Tribune), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1991)
  • 1901-10-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Eidsborg, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1902-10-23 Otto J. Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist
  • 1902-11-16 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, born in Stalhille, Jabbeke, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • 1903-02-11 Hans Redlich, Austrian-English composer & musicologist (Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Vienna (d. 1968)
  • 1903-12-04 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, born in Mereto di Tomba, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 1904-08-17 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • 1905-05-08 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2000)
  • 1905-05-21 Edward Lockspeiser, British composer and musicologist (Debussy: His Life and Mind), born in London (d. 1973)
  • 1906-06-28 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • 1906-10-12 Willy Hess, Swiss musicologist, composer and famous Beethoven scholar, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1997)
  • 1908-10-11 Armen Carapetyan, Americn musicologist and composer, born in Isfahan, Iran (d. 1992)
  • 1910-03-24 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1999)
  • 1911-01-17 Hermann Pfrogner, Austrian musicologist (Zerrissene Orpheus)
  • 1911-04-03 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1996)
  • 1911-06-10 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1912-04-22 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, born in Ulldecona, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1914-02-08 Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist (Eternal Music)
  • 1914-04-26 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (d. 2008)
  • 1914-09-25 Frederick Wilhelm Sternfeld, Austrian musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1915-01-31 Alan Lomax, American musicologist (d. 2002)
  • 1915-04-12 Ernest Borneman, German sexual researcher, psychotherapist, musician and writer (Bang, You're Dead), born in Berlin (d. 1995)
  • 1917-02-07 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1917-10-31 Erik Routley, English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist, born in England (d. 1982)
  • 1919-09-14 Deryck Cooke, British composer and musicologist, born in Leicester (d. 1976)
  • 1920-12-13 Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Signifier & the Signified), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1922-04-07 Kenneth Peacock, Canadian pianist, ethnomusicologist and composer (Rituals of Earth, Fire and Darkness), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)
  • 1922-06-14 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1925-02-02 Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
  • 1925-07-14 Luis Antonio Escobar, Colombian composer and musicologist, born in Villapinzón, Cundinamarca (d. 1993)
  • 1926-01-01 Claire Polin [Schaff], composer flautist/musicologist
  • 1926-04-14 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)

Deaths in Music

  • 1103-01-17 Frutolf, German monk/musicologist/historian, dies
  • 1748-03-23 Johann Gottfried Walther, German composer and musicologist, dies at 63
  • 1764-04-17 Johann Mattheson, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1793-05-13 Martin Gerbert, German composer, music historian and abbot, dies at 72
  • 1814-04-12 Charles Burney, English music historian, dies at 88
  • 1842-12-25 Bedrich Divis Weber, Bohemian composer and musicologist, dies at 76
  • 1850-01-01 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), dies at 76
  • 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)
  • 1883-04-22 Octave Fouque, French pianist and composer, dies at 38
  • 1887-04-28 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian & composer, dies at 67
  • 1887-10-31 George Alexander Macfarren, British composer and musicologist, dies at 74
  • 1892-05-02 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1895-11-25 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, dies at 68
  • 1906-03-22 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1910-09-05 Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest and musicologist (Magister choralis), dies at 70
  • 1912-11-06 Mykola Lysenko, Ukranian composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, dies at 70
  • 1917-02-13 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1918-10-07 Hubert Parry, English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), dies at 70
  • 1922-12-25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), dies at 75
  • 1923-12-08 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1927-02-06 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • 1928-10-30 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, American musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1935-01-14 Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, dies at 66
  • 1935-02-09 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1935-11-28 Erich von Hornbostel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1877)
  • 1937-04-08 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • 1938-04-18 Richard Terry, English organist & musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1938-12-14 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • 1940-07-10 Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • 1940-10-06 Ferdinando Liuzzi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 55
  • 1940-11-30 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer, dies at 78
  • 1941-03-07 Arnold Schering, German musicologist (Humor, Heldentum, Tragik), dies at 63
  • 1942-01-21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1942-02-15 Guido Adler, Bohemian-Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music), dies at 91
  • 1943-01-14 Adolf Sandberger, German musicologist, dies at 78
  • 1943-04-15 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist & composer, dies at 62
  • 1945-06-07 Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), dies at 69
  • 1945-11-03 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 80
  • 1947-08-13 Tobias Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies at 68
  • 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 American musicologist, dies at 52
  • 1955-12-08 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), dies at 69
  • 1957-04-30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • 1958-03-14 Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist and composer (In Tempore Belli), dies at 64
  • 1959-02-05 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, dies at 77
  • 1959-10-13 Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist (Concert Amsterdam), dies at 67
  • 1961-02-06 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1961-09-23 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • 1964-11-20 John Tasker Howard, American composer and music historian, dies at 73
  • 1967-05-17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • 1973-02-03 Edward Lockspeiser, British composer and musicologist (Debussy: His Life and Mind), dies at 67
  • 1973-03-26 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • 1973-07-30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • 1974-11-09 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist, dies at 89
  • 1976-12-12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 1977-02-08 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • 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
  • 1987-03-04 Siro Cisilino, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 83
  • 1988-03-14 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), dies at 94
  • 1988-11-04 Milton "Milt" Holland, American drummer, percussionist, ethnomusicologist (film Tinkerbell's tinkle, Bewitched's nose tinkle), dies at 88
  • 1991-05-27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1991-11-08 John Kirckpatrick, US musicologist (Charles Ives Archives), dies
  • 1992-09-05 Armen Carapetyan, Americn musicologist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1993-09-15 Frits Noske, Dutch 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
  • 1996-03-19 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, dies at 65
  • 1996-10-08 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, dies at 85
  • 1996-12-18 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), dies at 74
  • 1999-01-21 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2000-04-13 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • 2002-08-26 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2006-08-08 Michael Hurd, British composer and musicologist known for his choral music (Jonah-Man Jazz), dies at 77
  • 2007-01-01 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • 2007-11-29 Tom Terrell, American musicologist, NPR reviewer and deejay, dies at 57
  • 2008-05-16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • 2010-03-17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • 2010-11-23 James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2012-01-17 Francisco Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian musicologist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2012-11-27 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), dies at 86
  • 2012-12-09 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85
  • 2014-02-19 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • 2014-03-14 Werner Rackwitz, German musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), dies at 84
  • 2014-10-20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • 2016-03-20 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, dies at 78