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date: 14 October 2019

Thomson, John M(ansfield) locked

  • Martin Lodge


(b Blenheim, New Zealand, March 10, 1926; d Wellington, Sept 11, 1999). New Zealand musicologist . He studied the piano at the Nelson School of Music, then privately in Wellington and subsequently with Dorothea Vincent in London; he also studied the recorder with Zillah Castle (later with Walter Bergmann in London) and the flute with James Hopkinson. After military service (1944–5) he took the BA in English and history from Victoria University of Wellington (1948). A year later he founded the literary paper Hilltop. Following extensive editorial and publishing experience, in 1973 he founded the journal Early Music, and was its editor for ten years. Its outstanding visual appeal, combined with scholarly acumen and a flair for communicating, established it as a leading international journal in the field. Thomson returned to New Zealand in 1983 to work on The Oxford History of New Zealand Music...

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Studies in Music [Australia]