Steele, (Hubert) John
- J.M. Thomson
(b Wellington, April 13, 1929; d Wellington, July 21, 2006). New Zealand musicologist. After taking his BA at the Victoria University of Wellington, and his MA at the University of Otago (1953), he was awarded the first New Zealand government bursary in musicology and became a research student under Thurston Dart at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he took his PhD in 1959. He was appointed lecturer in music at the University of Sydney in 1959. In 1962 he became lecturer in music at the University of Otago, where he was associate professor (1969–82), holding a personal chair until his retirement in 1994, then becoming professor emeritus. He specialized in early English keyboard music, the motets and madrigals of Peter Philips and madrigals of Marenzio, and in Italian Baroque church music (his special interests being Monteverdi and A. Scarlatti). His editions are used internationally. He was associated with the New Zealand Musicological Society from its inception in ...