Binkley, Thomas (Eden)

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Binkley, Thomas (Eden)

Binkley, Thomas (Eden), American lutenist, wind player, and music scholar; b. Cleveland, Dec. 26, 1931; d. Bloomington, Ind., April 28, 1995. He studied at the Univ. of 111. (B.M., 1956), then pursued postgraduate studies at the Univ. of Munich (1957–58) and the Univ. of 111. (1958–59). His principal mentors were Dragan Plamenac, Claude Palisca, John Ward, Thrasybulos Georgiades, and George Hunter. From 1960 to 1980 he was director of the Studio der fruhen Musik in Munich; also taught and performed in the medieval program at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel (1973–77). In 1979 he became prof. of music and director of the Early Music Inst. at the Ind. Univ. School of Music in Bloomington. He served as general ed. of its book series Music: Scholarship and Performance, and of its monograph series Early Music Inst. Publications. He ed. the vol. Willi Apel, Medieval Music: Collected Articles and Reviews (Wiesbaden, 1986), and contributed articles to other publications. As a performing musician, he made appearances in major music centers in America and Europe.

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