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David Cairns

(b. 1926)


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(b Loughton, Essex, 1926).

Eng. critic and writer. A founder of Chelsea Opera Group, 1950. Authority on Berlioz, translating and editing the Memoirs (1969, rev. 1977), and writing a 2‐vol. biography Berlioz (Vol.I, The Making of an Artist, London, 1989, Vol.II, Servitude and Greatness, London, 1999); also Mozart and his Operas (2006). Mus. critic Financial Times, 1962–7, New Statesman, 1967–70, Sunday Times from 1973 (chief critic from 1983). His brilliant essays on mus. subjects were published under title Responses (1973). CBE 1997.

Subjects: Music.


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