Kupferberg, Herbert, American journalist and music critic; b. N.Y., Jan. 20, 1918. He was educated at Cornell Univ. (B.A., 1939) and Columbia Univ. (M.A., 1940; M.S., 1941). From 1942 to 1966 he was on the staff of the N.Y. Herald Tribune; was also music critic of the Atlantic Monthly (1962-69) and of the National Observer (1967-77). He served as rapporteur for the Twentieth Century Fund’s N.Y. task force on cultural exchange with the Soviet Union, which led to the publication of the report The Raised Curtain in 1977.
Those Fabulous Philadelphians: The Life and Times of a Great Orchestra (N.Y, 1969); The Mendelssohns: Three Generations of Genius (N.Y, 1972); Opera (N.Y, 1975); Tanglewood (N.Y, 1976); The Book of Classical Music Lists (N.Y, 1985); Basically Bach (N.Y, 1986); Amadeus: A Mozart Mosaic (N.Y, 1986); also 2 books for young readers, Felix Mendelssohn: His Life, His Family, His Music (N.Y, 1972) and A Rainbow of Sound: The Instruments of the Orchestra and Their Music (N.Y, 1973).
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