Wilfrid Mellers (1914-2008)
The English music critic, musicologist, composer and M&V contributor Wilfrid Mellers died in North Yorkshire, UK, on 17 May 2008, aged 94.
Born on 26 April 1914, Mellers was educated at Cambridge University, where he read English, and then music. Composition, however, he learned mostly from Edmund Rubbra and Egon Wellesz.
After World War II he taught at the universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, and in the early sixties at Pittsburgh University. From 1964 until his retirement in 1981 he was founding Professor and head of the Music Department in the University of York, where he influenced several generations of British-trained musicians.
His composition mostly fuses the genres of 'classical', folk, jazz, and even pop musics. He published many books, including major studies of Couperin, Bach and Beethoven and others, together with an extensive corpus of journal articles.
Posted: 21 May 2008
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