(b Pittsburgh, PA, Jan 29, 1915; d Paterson, NJ, March 18, 1995). American writer on jazz, record producer, and folklorist. He coedited one of the first scholarly books on jazz with Charles Edward Smith, Jazzmen: the Story of Hot Jazz Told in the Lives of the Men who Created It (New York, 1939). Supported in part by Guggenheim Fellowships (1953, 1955), Ramsey conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the American South, photographing African American life and recording interviews and music. The results of his travels are detailed in his books Been Here and Gone (New Brunswick, NJ, 1960) and Where the Music Started (New Brunswick, NJ, 1970). Many of his field recordings were released by Folkways Records as Music of the South (1954). He produced a historical anthology of recordings for Folkways titled Jazz (1950–53). Later, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (...
Alex Harris Stein
(b Ilimbav, Sibiu, May 14, 1914; d Bucharest, April 20, 1997). Romanian ethnomusicologist. He studied at the Bucharest Royal Academy of Music (1931–6) and became Brăiloiu's closest collaborator, working with him at the folklore archive of the Society of Romanian Composers (1935–49); he continued his research appointment there when the archive was incorporated in the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore (1949), undertaking several field studies and collecting numerous examples of Romanian folksong, some of which have been recorded. He was Brăiloiu's successor in the folklore department of the Royal Academy of Music (1943–8), where he held various posts before becoming professor (1954–9). In 1956 he did research in China and from 1965 to 1967 he was the folklore expert of the Ministry of Culture of the United Arab Republic in Cairo, where he made recordings of Egyptian and Nubian folksong. In ...
Alec Hyatt King
(b Frankfurt, Dec 2, 1874; d London, April 27, 1955). German antiquarian music dealer. He worked with the firms of Josef Baer in Frankfurt, Brentano in New York and Breslauer & Mayer in Berlin before joining Leo Liepmannssohn in Berlin in 1903. Later that year he bought the business from Liepmannssohn, subsequently continuing its well-known series of auction sales. In ...
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(b Hove, Sussex, Nov 22, 1935). English antiquarian music dealer and bibliographer . His interest in musical sources and documentation was first inspired by his enthusiasm for Berlioz, and in 1958 he bought the first items in his Berlioz collection. In December 1960 he acquired the firm of Leonard Hyman (founded 1929). Until 1963 he conducted the business under its old name, but from then on used his own; he retired in 1996. His remarkable series of catalogues, together with his smaller ‘Quartos’, are of permanent value as a record of the wide range of important material from the 16th to the 20th centuries that passed through his hands, whilst institutional and private collections of many kinds benefited greatly from his acute understanding of their differing natures and needs. He has served on the editorial board of the New Berlioz Edition since its inception, was founder and initially publisher of the facsimile series Music for London Entertainment ...
Alec Hyatt King
revised by O.W. Neighbour
(b Munich, Oct 5, 1914; d Oxford, Aug 3, 2004). English antiquarian music dealer of German birth. He was educated at the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich and settled in England in September 1933. He continued his studies in London, with Robin Flower at the British Museum in palaeography, and then at the Warburg Institute, where he worked on palaeography, medieval book illustration and iconography as assistant to Wittkower and Saxl. He studied musicology privately with Wellesz. In 1955 Rosenthal and his wife Maud bought the London business of Otto Haas, which they continued under Haas’s name, extending its tradition of scholarly expertise. Rosenthal’s fine judgment, based on his specialized academic training, contributed to the firm’s leading position among antiquarian dealers. It has handled the sale of many famous collections, including those of Cortot, Scholes and Prunières, as well as many notable single items. He also became a trustee of the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, and of the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basle, for which he negotiated acquisitions of the Stravinsky, Webern, Maderna, Wolpe, Carter, Birtwistle, Kagel and other archives. He was awarded the Hon. MA (Oxon) in ...
(b Eichstätt, Feb 23, 1921). German antiquarian dealer, publisher and bibliographer. He founded his antiquarian business at Tutzing near Munich in 1949, issuing a number of catalogues each year. Several of these have become useful works of reference on individual composers, including Brahms, Mozart, Paganini and Schumann, while an innovative series devoted to individual publishers, including Schott, André and Universal Edition, has also been produced. By 1998 the firm had issued over 350 antiquarian catalogues, usually devoted to one of three specialist areas: important manuscripts and letters, first and early editions, and music literature. Through its prolific but scrupulously detailed catalogues, the firm established itself as one of the most important in postwar Europe.
In 1958 Schneider founded a publishing house which has produced some fine facsimiles such as Beethoven's Missa solemnis (Kyrie only) and Brahms's Clarinet Trio. A significant aspect of the firm's activity has been the publication of scholarly series such as the pioneering Musikbibliographische Arbeiten guides to the first editions of composers from Mozart to Messiaen. Other series include Orff-Dokumentation (8 vols.), a catalogue of music in the Hoboken Collection (...