- Thomas S. Grey
(b Prague, Sept 11, 1825; d Baden, nr Vienna, Aug 6, 1904). Austrian music critic, aesthetician and historian. Sensing his vocation as a critic and writer on musical topics early on, he became one of the first widely influential music critics in the modern sense; he was also among the first to receive an official university appointment in music, as professor of the history and aesthetics of music at the University of Vienna, in 1861. His early treatise on questions of musical form and expression (Vom Musikalisch-Schönen, 1854) challenged a long tradition of aesthetic thought that located the essence and value of music in a loosely defined ‘expression of feelings’, and it has remained a touchstone in musical-aesthetic debates to the present day. As a critic he covered a huge cross-section of musical life in the second half of the 19th century. His journalism – trenchant and entertaining in style – remains of great interest for the historical as well as critical insights it offers....