Girdlestone, Cuthbert (Morton)

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Girdlestone, Cuthbert (Morton)

Girdlestone, Cuthbert (Morton), English music scholar; b. Bovey-Tracey, Sept. 17, 1895; d. St. Cloud, France, Dec. 10, 1975. He was educated at the Sorbonne (licence es lettres, 1915) and the Schola Cantorum in Paris, then entered Trinity Coll., Cambridge. He became a lecturer at Cambridge in 1922, and from 1926 to 1960 was prof. of French at the Univ. of Durham, Newcastle division (later the Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne). He publ. a valuable analysis of Mozart’s piano concertos, Mozart et ses concertos pour piano (Paris, 1939; Eng. tr., 1948; 2nd ed., 1964), and the important mono-graph Jean-Philippe Rameau: His Life and Work (London, 1957; 2nd ed., rev., 1969). He further wrote La Tragedie en musique (1673-1750) considérée comme genre littéraire (Paris, 1972).


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