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date: 03 April 2020

Gurlitt, Wilibaldlocked

  • Christoph Wolff

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(b Dresden, March 1, 1889; d Freiburg, Dec 15, 1963). German music historian. Son of the architect and art historian Cornelius Gurlitt (1850–1938), he studied at Heidelberg and Leipzig universities (1908–14), where his principal teachers included Riemann and Schering. He obtained the doctorate in 1914 with a dissertation on Praetorius. In 1919 he accepted a post as lecturer in music at Freiburg University, where he was appointed reader in music and director of the newly founded institute of musicology in 1920; he became full professor in 1929 and stayed in Freiburg until his retirement in 1958 despite offers from other universities. From 1937 to 1945 he was removed from his office by the Nazi government. In 1950 he was elected a member of the Mainz Academy of Science and Literature, and received an honorary degree in theology from Leipzig University. He also held offices in various learned societies and academic institutions....

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