Deryck Cooke

(1919—1976) writer on music and composer

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(b Leicester, 1919; d Croydon, 1976). Eng. critic, broadcaster, and musicologist. On BBC staff 1947–59 and after 1965. Wrote important book, The Language of Music. Made perf. version from chaotic MS score of Mahler's 10th Sym. (f.p. 1964, rev. 1972). Authority on Bruckner, Delius, and Wagner (esp. The Ring, first part of his projected study of which was posthumously pubd. in 1979, as I Saw the World End).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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