Haggin, B (ernard) H.

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Haggin, B (ernard) H.

Haggin, B (ernard) H., American music critic; b. N.Y., Dec. 29, 1900; d. there, May 29, 1987. He was a music critic for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1934–37) and the Nation (1936–57), and also wrote record reviews for the Yale Review. Haggin pursued a polemical style of personal journalism.


(all publ, in N.Y. unless otherwise given): A Book of the Symphony (1937); Music on Records (1938; 4th ed., 1945); Music for the Man Who Enjoys Hamlet (1944; 2nd ed., rev., 1960); Music in The Nation (1949); The Listener’s Musical Companion (New Brunswick, N.J., 1956; new ed., 1991, by T. Hathaway); Conversations with Toscanini (Garden City, N.J., 1959; 2nd ed., 1979); Music Observed (1964); The New Listener’s Companion and Record Guide (1967; 5th ed., 1978); The Toscanini Musicians Knew (1967); A Decade of Music (1973); Music and Ballet, 1973-1983 (1984).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire