Colles, H(enry) C(ope)

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Colles, H(enry) C(ope)

Colles, H(enry) C(ope), eminent English music scholar; b. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, April 20, 1879; d. London, March 4, 1943. He studied at the Royal Coll. of Music in London with Parry (music history), Walter Alcock (organ), and Da vies (theory). Subsequently he received an organ scholarship to Worcester Coll., Oxford; then entered the Univ. of Oxford, obtaining his B.A. (1902), Mus.Bac. (1903), and M.A. (1907) degrees; later received an honorary Mus.Doc. (1932). In 1905 he became music critic of the Academy; from 1905 to 1911 he was asst. music critic and from 1911 to 1943 chief music critic of the Times; in 1919 he was appointed teacher of music history and criticism at the Royal Coll. of Music; was also music director of Cheltenham Ladies’ Coll. He was the editor of the third and fourth eds. of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1927–29 and 1939-40); also edited vol. VII of The Oxford History of Music (1934).


Brahms (1908); The Growth of Music: A Study in Music History for Schools (3 vols., 1912-16; 3rd éd., 1956); Voice and Verse, a Study in English Song (1928); The Chamber Music of Brahms (1933); English Church Music (1933); The Royal College of Music; A jubilee Record, 1883–1933 (1933); On Learning Music (1940); Walford Davies (1942); Essays and Lectures (1945).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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