Bach collector dies, aged 100

Bach collector dies, aged 100


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2014

William H. Scheide, a wealthy scholar and manuscript collector, has died in Princeton at a grand old age.

He taught at Cornell University and in 1946 founded the Bach Aria Group, directing it until 1980 in numerous performances and recordings.

He owned one of the world’s largest private manuscript and first-edition collections, which he has pledged to Princeton.

But we’re told that a painting of Bach discussed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner in his recent book on Bach will revert to the Bach Archive in Leipzig.

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