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date: 04 August 2020

Cooper, Martin (Du Pré)locked

  • Stanley Sadie


(Du Pré)

(b Winchester, Jan 17, 1910; d Richmond, Surrey, March 15, 1986). English writer on music. He was educated at Winchester and Hertford College, Oxford, and then went to Vienna where he studied under Egon Wellesz (1932–4). On his return he became music critic of the London Mercury and the Daily Herald (also contributing to The Spectator, 1947–54); he joined the Daily Telegraph in 1950 and was chief critic from 1954 until his retirement in 1976. He was editor of the Musical Times, 1953–6, and a member of the editorial board of The New Oxford History of Music as well as editor of the tenth volume.

Cooper’s special interests were French and Russian music from the late 18th century onwards and German music of the early Romantic period; but his view of musical history was a broad one, based on an extensive cultural background and a fluency in several languages. His style of daily criticism was urbane and judicious, often more concerned with what was performed than with the performer; his regular articles in the ...

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