Schmidt-Görg, Joseph, eminent German musicologist; b. Rüdinghausen, near Dortmund, March 19, 1897; d. Bonn, April 3, 1981. He studied musicology with Schiedermair and Schmitz at the Univ. of Bonn (Ph.D., 1926, with the diss. Die Messen des Clemens non Papa; completed his Habilitation there in 1930 with his Die Mitteltontemperatur). He became Schiedermair’s assistant in the Beethoven Archives in Bonn in 1927; later served as director of the archives (1946–72); concurrently lectured on musicology at the Univ. of Bonn (1930–65). On his 70th birthday, he was presented with a Festschrift under the friendly Latin title Colloquium amicorum (Bonn, 1967), containing a catalogue of his writings. His publs. include Unbekannte Manuskripte zu Beethovens weltlicher und geistlicher Gesangsmusik (Bonn, 1928), Katalog der Handschriften des Beethoven-Hauses und Beethoven-Archivs Bonn (Bonn, 1935), Nicolas Gombert: lieben und Werk (Bonn, 1938), and Ludwig van Beethoven (with H. Schmidt; Bonn, 1969; Eng. tr., N.Y., 1970).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire