Loewenberg, Alfred, German-born English musicologist; b. Berlin, May 14, 1902; d. London, Dec. 29, 1949. He studied at the univs. of Berlin and Jena (Ph.D., 1925), settling in London in 1934. His unique achievement is the compilation of Annals of Opera: 1597–1940(Cambridge, 1943; new ed., Geneva, 1955; rev. and corrected, 1978), tabulating in chronological order the exact dates of first performances and important revivals of some 4,000 operas, with illuminating comments of a bibliographical nature. He also publ. Early Dutch Librettos and Plays with Music in the British Museum (London, 1947) and The Theatre of the British Isles, Excluding London: A Bibliography (London, 1950).
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