Henry Pleasants


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(b Wayne, Pa., 1910; d London 2000). Amer. music critic and writer. Central Eur. mus. correspondent for NY Times 1945–55. London mus. critic of International Herald-Tribune from 1967. His books The Agony of Modern Music (1955) and Death of a Music? (1961) were seriously critical of contemp. trends in composition, and his Opera in Crisis (1989) exposed the deficiencies of so-called innovative prods. Ed. and trans. the criticisms of Hanslick in Vienna's Golden Years of Music 1850–1900 (1950). He wrote The Musical Journeys of Louis Spohr (1961), The Musical World of Robert Schumann (1965), and The Music Criticism of Hugo Wolf (1979). Also wrote The Great Singers (1966).

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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