(b Schlüchtern, 1893; d Schlüchtern, 1975). Ger. musicologist. Distinguished career as ed. of early mus. and writer of scholarly studies on a wide variety of mus. subjects. Reader in musicology, Kiel Univ. 1934–8, prof. 1938–58. Ed. complete works of Michael Praetorius, 1928–40. From 1943 directed the preparation of the encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 14 vols. of which appeared between 1949 and 1968, containing 9,414 articles for all of which he was personally responsible. Authority on Bach and Mozart.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.