Fortune, Nigel (Cameron)

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Fortune, Nigel (Cameron)

Fortune, Nigel (Cameron), English musicologist; b. Birmingham, Dec. 5, 1924. He was educated at the Univ. of Birmingham (B.A., 1950) and at Gonville and Caius Coll., Cambridge (Ph.D., 1954, with the diss. Italian Secular Song from 1600 to 1635: The Origins and Development of Accompanied Monody). After serving as music librarian at the Univ. of London (1956–59), he was a lecturer (1959–69) and a reader (1969–85) in music at the Univ. of Birmingham. He was co-ed, of several Purcell Soc. vols. (1959–67) and a senior consulting ed. of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980). In 1981 he became joint ed. of Music & Letters.


Ed. with D. Arnold, The Monteverdi Companion (London, 1968; 2nd ed., rev., 1985, as The New Monteverdi Companion); ed. with D. Arnold, The Beethoven Companion (London, 1971); ed. Music and Theatre: Essays in Honour of Winton Dean (Cambridge, 1987).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire