Percy Scholes

(1877—1958) musical writer and encyclopaedist

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(b Leeds, 1877; d Vévey, Switz., 1958).

Eng. mus. Critic, organist, teacher, and lexicographer. Active in ‘music appreciation’ movt. Founded Music Student (1908; now Music Teacher). Wrote on mus. for The Observer, 1920–7, and Radio Times (1923–9). Compiled and ed. Oxford Companion to Music (1938 and subsequent edns.), Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music (1952 and subsequent edns.), and The Mirror of Music 1844–1944 (1947, 2 vols.). Wrote books on God Save the King (1942), opera, Eng. mus., Puritans and mus., etc. OBE 1957.

Subjects: Music.

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