Gustav Kobbé


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(b NY, 1857; d Long Island, 1918). Amer. music critic and writer. From 1880 mus. critic for several NY papers, incl. the Herald for 18 years. Attended first Parsifal at Bayreuth 1882. Wrote 2-vol. life of Wagner (1890), and several other books. His chef d'œuvre was The Complete Opera Book, a coll. of synopses and analyses of a large number of operas which was on the point of completion when he was killed by a seaplane striking his sailing-boat. 1st edn. pubd. 1922, with additions by Katherine Wright. Extensive rev. 1954 ed. by Earl of Harewood, who has continued revs. up to 11th edn., 1997 with Anthony Peattie.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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