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Donald Mitchell

(b. 1925)


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(b London, 1925).

Eng. publisher, critic, and author. Man. dir., Faber Music 1965–71, chairman 1977–86. Chairman, Performing Right Soc. 1989–93. Visiting Fellow, Sussex Univ. 1970, prof. of mus. 1971–6. Founder and co‐ed., Music Survey 1947–52; mus. critic for Musical Times 1953–7, Daily Telegraph 1959–64; ed. Tempo 1958–62. Joint ed. Benjamin Britten (1952), The Mozart Companion (with H. C. Robbins Landon, 1956). Ed. Gustav Mahler by Alma Mahler (Eng. edn.). Author of Gustav Mahler: Vol. I, The Early Years (1958 rev. ed. 1979), Vol. II, The Wunderhorn Years (1975), and Vol. III, Songs and Symphonies of Life and Death (1985); The Language of Modern Music (1963); Benjamin Britten, 1913–76: Pictures from a Life (with J. Evans, 1978); Britten and Auden in the Thirties (1981); Letters from a Life: Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten (with P. Reed, Vol. I 1923–39 and Vol. II 1939–45 (1991); Cradles of the New, Writings on Music 1951–1991, ed. M. Cooke (1995). CBE 2000.

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