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date: 20 April 2021

Rosenthal, Albi [Albrecht]locked

  • Alec Hyatt King
  • , revised by O.W. Neighbour



(b Munich, Oct 5, 1914; d Oxford, Aug 3, 2004). English antiquarian music dealer of German birth. He was educated at the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich and settled in England in September 1933. He continued his studies in London, with Robin Flower at the British Museum in palaeography, and then at the Warburg Institute, where he worked on palaeography, medieval book illustration and iconography as assistant to Wittkower and Saxl. He studied musicology privately with Wellesz. In 1955 Rosenthal and his wife Maud bought the London business of Otto Haas, which they continued under Haas’s name, extending its tradition of scholarly expertise. Rosenthal’s fine judgment, based on his specialized academic training, contributed to the firm’s leading position among antiquarian dealers. It has handled the sale of many famous collections, including those of Cortot, Scholes and Prunières, as well as many notable single items. He also became a trustee of the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, and of the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basle, for which he negotiated acquisitions of the Stravinsky, Webern, Maderna, Wolpe, Carter, Birtwistle, Kagel and other archives. He was awarded the Hon. MA (Oxon) in ...

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Fontes artis musicae
Annales musicologiques
Collectanea historiae musicae (1953-66)