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date: 24 January 2020

Fehr, Maxlocked

  • Jürg Stenzl

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(b Bülach, canton of Zürich, June 17, 1887; d Winterthur, April 27, 1963). Swiss musicologist. He studied Romance languages and musicology in Zürich, where he took the doctorate in 1912 with a dissertation on Zeno and his librettos. After a period of study in Italy, Fehr was employed in Zürich (1912–18) and Winterthur (1918–52) as a teacher of French and Italian, writing books on music history in his spare time. From 1917 he was librarian and later president (1923–57) of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft, Zürich; as the successor of Hermann Suter, he was also president of the Neue Schweizer Musikgesellschaft, now the Schweizerische Musikforschende Gesellschaft (1919–32). The main emphasis in Fehr’s writings was on Swiss music history, particularly that of Zürich and Winterthur; he wrote a standard work on Richard Wagner’s years in Switzerland.

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