Taubman, Howard, American music and drama critic; b. N. Y, July 4, 1907; d. Sarasota, Fla., Jan. 8, 1996. He studied at Cornell Univ. (A.B., 1929). He joined the staff of the N.Y. Times in 1929, where he was its music ed. (1935-55), music critic (1955-60), drama critic (1960-66), and critic-at-large (1966-72).
Opera: Front and Back (N.Y., 1938); Music as a Profession (N.Y., 1939); Music on My Beat (N.Y., 1943); The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini (N.Y., 1951); How to Build a Record Library (N.Y., 1953; new ed., 1955); How to Bring Up Your Child to Enjoy Music (Garden City, N.Y., 1958); The Making of the American Theater (N.Y., 1965; rev. in Musical Comedy, XII, 1967); The New York Times Guide to Listening Pleasure (N.Y., 1968); The Pleasure of their Company: A Reminiscence (Portland, Ore., 1994).
L. Weldy, Music Criticism ofOlin Downes and H. T. in “The New York Times,” Sunday Edition, 1924-29 and 1955-60 (diss., Univ. of Southern Calif., 1965).
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