Father of Afro-American musicology has passed

Chi-chi Nwanoku informs us of the death, aged 85 and sadly without fame, of Arthur Labrew, the great recorder of black history in western classical music. Arthur was most widely known for his work on the origins of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (originally written for George Bridgetower), but he retrieved many other players of colour from undeserved obscurity and never received the recognition he craved in his hometown, Detroit. For a full account of his achievements, read here.


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