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Arthur Mendel

Arthur Mendel, musician, educator. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences; member American Musicol. Society (honorary, vice president 1962-1963), International Musicol. Society, American Federation Music.; Member editorial board Neue Bach-Ausgabe, 1962-1979.

Background

  • Mendel, Arthur was born on June 6, 1905 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Philip and Gertrude (Newman) Mendel.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1925. Student Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, Nadia Boulanger, 1925-1927. Doctor of Music honoris causa, Rutgers University, 1973.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Brandeis U., 1976.

    Career

    • Teacher, Dalcroze School Music and Diller-Quaile School Music, New York City, 1938-1950. Literature editor G. Schirmer, Inc., 1930-1938. Music critic Nation, 1930-1933.

      Editor American Musicological Society, 1941-1944. Editor Association Music Publications, Inc., 1941-1946. Professor music Princeton, 1952-1973, department chairman music, 1952-1967, Henry Putnam university professor, 1969-1973.

      Lecturer Columbia, 1949, University of California, 1951. Conductor Cantata Singers, small chorus specializing in 17th and 18th century music, New York City, 1936-1953. Guggenheim fellow, 1949-1950.

      American Council Learned Socs. fellow, 1962-1963. Senior fellow National Foundation Arts and Humanities, 1968. Recipient Medal of Honor, Handel and Haydn Society, 1979.

    Works

    • Author: Studies in the History of Musical Pitch (with A.J. Ellis), 1969. Contributor numerous articles to music journals Editor: The Bach Reader (with Hans T. David), 2d edition., 1966. J.S. Bach Cantata 174, 1962-1963, Passion According to St. John, 1973.

      Kritischer Bericht, 1974. Other choral works. Translator: Paul Hindemith’s Craft of Musical Composition, Theoretical Part 1942, other books.

    Membership

    Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member American Musicol. Society (honorary, vice president 1962-1963), International Musicol.

    Society, American Federation Music.; Member editorial board Neue Bach-Ausgabe, 1962-1979.

    Connections

    • Married Elsa M. Wissell, August 23, 1934.
    • father: Philip Mendel
    • mother: Gertrude (Newman) Mendel
    • spouse: Elsa M. Wissell
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    Born June 6, 1905
    Died October 14, 1979
    (aged 74)
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