- Philip Bate
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(b Thiedewiese, Hanover, July 6, 1818; d London, Nov 17, 1882). German organologist and musicologist. His musical education began with the Hanover organist Enckhausen and continued with Hummel and Lobe. He moved to England in 1844–5, settling first in Manchester and then (permanently) in London; there he began the intensive reading which was to become the basis of all his later work, and began to form a library and an exceptional instrument collection. After the death of his wife in 1881 he sold his books and the majority of his instruments, most of which were acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. A limited number, however, were bought by A.J. Hipkins; these were presented to the RCM after Hipkins’s death.
His first scholarly publication of 1864 coincided with his connection with the South Kensington (later Victoria and Albert) Museum, where he remained for many years as its organological adviser, producing a series of publications on the holdings. His ...