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date: 02 April 2020

Bertrand, Jean (Edouard) Gustavelocked

  • Gustave Chouquet
  • , revised by Cormac Newark

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(b Vaugirard, nr Paris, Dec 24, 1834; d Paris, Feb 9, 1880). French writer on music. After a classical education – he later became a member of the Société d’Encouragement des Etudes Grecques – at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Bertrand went on to the Ecole des Chartes in Paris, where he devoted himself to the study of ancient music and history of the organ. His thesis, ‘L’histoire de l’orgue dans l’antiquité et au moyen âge’, was partially published in the journal La maîtrise. He contributed to Didot’s Complément de l’Encyclopédie moderne and to the supplement to Fétis’s Biographie universelle, and published many articles on music in the Journal des débats, the Revue moderne and Le ménestrel. As a member of the Commission des Travaux Historiques, Bertrand paid a long visit to Russia: some of his conclusions, based more on personal impression than scholarly study, appeared in Les nationalités musicales, as well as in the form of reports for the ...

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