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Arnold, Denis (Midgley)

Arnold, Denis (Midgley)

Arnold, Denis (Midgley), distinguished English musicologist; b. Sheffield, Dec. 15, 1926; d. Budapest, April 28, 1986. He was educated at the Univ. of Sheffield (B.A., 1947; B.Mus., 1948; M.A., 1950). From 1951 to 1960 he was a lecturer and from 1960 to 1964 a reader in music at Queen’s Univ., Belfast; in 1964 he was made senior lecturer at the Univ. of Hull; in 1969 he became prof. of music at the Univ. of Nottingham; from 1975 he was Heather prof. of Music at the Univ. of Oxford. From 1976 to 1980 he was joint ed. of Music & Letters. From 1979 to 1983 he was president of the Royal Musical Assn. In 1983 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Italian music of the Renaissance and the early Baroque period.

Writings

Monteverdi (London, 1963; 3rd ed., rev., 1990 by T. Carter); Marenzio (London, 1965); Monteverdi Madrigals (London, 1967); ed. with N. Fortune, The Monteverdi Companion (London, 1968; 2nd ed., rev., 1985, as The New Monteverdi Companion); ed. with N. Fortune, The Beethoven Companion (London, 1971); Giovanni Gabrieli (London, 1974); Giovanni Gabrieli and the Music of the Venetian High Renaissance (Oxford, 1979); Monteverdi Church Music (London, 1982); ed. The New Oxford Companion to Music (2 vols., Oxford, 1983); Bach (Oxford, 1984); with E. Arnold, The Oratorio in Venice (London, 1986).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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