Fellowcs, E(dmund) H(orace)

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Fellowcs, E(dmund) H(orace)

Fellowcs, E(dmund) H(orace), eminent English musicologist and editor; b. London, Nov. 11, 1870;d. Windsor, Dec. 20, 1951. He was educated at Winchester Coll. and Oriel Coll., Oxford (B.M. and M.A., 1896), his teachers in music being P. Buck, Fletcher, and L. Straus. He was ordained in 1894, and then served as asst. curate in Wandsworth, London (until 1897). After serving as minor canon and precentor of Bristol Cathedral (1897–1900), he became minor canon at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until his death; he was also choirmaster there (1924–27). He was honorary librarian of St. Michael’s Coll., Tenbury Wells (1918–48), and also a lecturer at various English univs. His importance rests upon his valuable writings on and eds. of early English music. He received honorary Mus.D. degrees from the univs. of Dublin (1917), Oxford (1939), and Cambridge (1950). He was made a Companion of Honour by King George VI in 1944.


EDITIONS The English Madrigal School (36 vols., 1913–24; 2nd ed., rev., 1956, by T. Dart as The English Madrigalists); The English School of Lutenist Song Writers (32 vols., 1920–32; 2nd ed., partly rev., 1959–66, by T. Dart as The English Lutesongs; 3rd ed., rev., 1959 et seq.); with P. Buck, A.Ramsbotham, and S. Warner, Tudor Church Music (10 vols., 1922–29; appendix, 1948, by Fellowes); The Collected Works of William Byrd (20 vols., London, 1937–50; 2nd ed., rev., 1962 et seq., by T. Dart, R Brett, and K. Elliott).


English Madrigal Verse, 1588–1632 (Oxford, 1920; 3rd ed., rev. and em., 1967); The English Madrigal Composers (Oxford, 1921; 2nd ed., 1948); William Byrd: A Short Account of His Life and Work (Oxford, 1923; 2nd ed., 1928); The English Madrigal School: A Guide to Its Practical Use (London, 1924); Orlando Gibbons: A Short Account of His Life and Work (Oxford, 1925; 2nd ed., 1951, as Orlando Gibbons and His Family); The English Madrigal (Oxford, 1925); The Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of St Michael’s Coll., Tenbury (Paris, 1934); William Byrd (a larger study than the 1923 monograph; Oxford, 1936; 2nd ed., 1948); Organists and Masters of the Choristers of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle (London and Windsor, 1939); English Cathedral Music from Edward VI to Edward VII (London, 1941; 5th ed., rev., 1969); with E. Pine, The Tenbury Letters (London, 1942); Memoirs of an Amateur Musician (London, 1946).

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