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Apel, Willi

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Apel, Willi, eminent German-American musicologist; b. Konitz, Oct. 10, 1893; d. Bloomington, Ind., March 14, 1988. He studied mathematics at the univs. of Bonn and Munich (1912–14), and then of Berlin (1918–21), where he returned in 1936 to take his Ph.D. with the diss. Accidentien una Tonalität in den Musikdenkmälern des 15. una 16. Jahrhunderts (publ. in Berlin, 1936; 2 nd ed., Aug., 1972). After emigrating to the U.S., he taught at Harvard Univ. (1938–42). From 1950 to 1964 he was a prof. of music at Ind. Univ. in Bloomington, where he continued to lecture as prof. emeritus until 1970. In 1971 he was made an honorary member of the American Musicological Soc. He was founding ed. of the Corpus of Early Keyboard Music and contributed 10 vols, to the series. Apel was an authority on 14 th -century music, the history of early instrumental music, and Latin chant. He acknowledged his lack of interest in either opera or modern developments in music; he was a musical purist who regarded the developments of musical composition after the era of Bach as of passing significance to music history.

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