Festa Musicologica: Essays in Honor of George J. Buelow

Festa Musicologica: Essays in Honor of George J. Buelow

Festa Musicologica: Essays in Honor of George J. Buelow

Festa Musicologica: Essays in Honor of George J. Buelow

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Stanley Sadie

At the end of this volume, its dedicatee, George Buelow, tells of his early years and his turning to the profession of musicology. At the risk of putting the cart a whole book before the horse, I think it might be appropriate to say a word or two, in this introductory note, about the musicologist--and the man--George Buelow became, the difference being that he presents his own story from his own viewpoint, while I can speak as an outsider, from a different continent and a different culture, and report on the impact he has made and continues to make on a wider world of musical studies.

My own acquaintance with George is of nearly twenty-five years' duration. It came about at the beginning of the 1970s, when my colleagues and I were assembling a team of advisors to work on the New Grove Dictionary that we envisaged. My principal adviser in the United States, Professor Lewis Lockwood, then at Princeton University, suggested that George could be a powerful member, and would surely be an eager one, of our planning group. This was the beginning not only of a happy and very productive professional relationship, as I hope the treatment of many aspects of German Baroque music and music theory in the New Grove and other of our . . .

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