- David Hiley
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(b Zörbig, Nov 2, 1856; d Berlin, Feb 8, 1933). German musicologist. He studied ancient and modern languages and philosophy at Halle University (1878–82), where he obtained the doctorate with a dissertation on Notker Labeo. He then studied musicology in Berlin with Philipp Spitta and in 1886 his study of Denis Gaultier's La rhétorique des dieux appeared. Two years later he became director of the Berliner Königliche Instrumenten-Sammlung and catalogued its holdings. He was appointed lecturer at Berlin University in 1892 and reader in 1895. In 1899 he founded the International Musical Society and until 1904 was coeditor of its Zeitschrift and the Sammelbände.
It is unfortunate that the framework of ideas which provides a point of reference for most academics' work included, in Fleischer's case, an element of fantasy and even fanaticism, which ensured a stormy reception for his later writings. After the very real advances made by his ...