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Arthur Mendel

musician , educator.

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