Death of Italian early music pioneer, 87

We have been informed of the death, early today in Bologna, of the formidable baroque scholar and performer, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini.

Organist, harpsichordist and musicologist, Tagliavini founded the Museo San Colombano, a valued repository of original instruments. As professor of music history at Freiburg in Switzerland, he worked with Marie-Claire Alain and Gustav Leonhardt on the development of period practice in organ and harpsichord playing.

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  • Luigi Tagliavini was an inspiring teacher. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of J.S.Bach which rendered his Fribourg, Switzerland, lectures in Musikwissenschaft unforgettably entertaining.

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