Solomon, Maynard (Elliott)

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Solomon, Maynard (Elliott)

Solomon, Maynard (Elliott), American recording executive and writer on music; b. N.Y., Jan. 5, 1930. He was educated in N.Y. at the H.S. of Music and Art and at Brooklyn Coll. (A.B., 1950), and then pursued postgraduate studies at Columbia Univ. (1950–51). He was co-founder and co- owner of the Vanguard Recording Soc., Inc., of N.Y. (1950–86); was on the faculty of the City Univ. of N.Y. (1979–81) and served as a visiting prof. at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Stony Brook (1988–89), Columbia Univ. (1989–90), and Harvard Univ. (1991–92). In 1978, 1989, and 1995 he won ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. In 1999 he was made an honorary member of the American Musicological Soc. He contributed many articles on Beethoven, Schubert, and other composers to the Musical Quarterly, Music & Letters, 19th Century Music, Beethoven Studies, the Beethoven- Jahrbuch, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and other publications, and also served as assoc. ed. of American Imago.


Marxism and Art (1973); Beethoven (1977; second ed., rev., 1998); Myth, Creativity and Psychoanalysis (1978); Beethoven’s Tagebuch 1812–1818 (1983); Beethoven Essays (1988); Mozart: A Life (1994).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire