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Jack Allan Westrup

(1904—1975) music scholar and conductor


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(b London, 1904; d Headley, Hants., 1975). Eng. teacher, scholar, writer, and conductor. Founder-member, Oxford Univ. Opera Club. Ed. Monteverdi's Orfeo for perf. while undergraduate (1925) and L'incoronazione di Poppea (1927). Also ed. Locke's Cupid and Death. Taught classics, Dulwich College, 1928–34. Ass. mus. critic, Daily Telegraph, 1934–40, lect. in history of mus., RAM 1938–40. Lect. in mus. King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1941–4, prof. of mus., Birmingham Univ., 1944–6, Oxford Univ. 1947–71. Ed., Monthly Musical Record, 1933–45; ed., Music and Letters from 1959. Pres. RMA, 1958–63. Cond. Oxford Univ. Orch. 1954–63, Oxford Bach Ch. and Orch. Soc. 1970–1. Contrib. to many mus. dictionaries, ed. of encyclopaedias. Author of books on Purcell, Handel, Liszt, Bach cantatas, and Schubert chamber mus. While at Oxford after 1947 cond. many opera perfs., incl. f. Brit. ps. of Hans Heiling (1953), The Secret (1956), L' enfant et les sortilèges (1958). One of most practical of scholars. Knighted 1960.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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