Death of dominant German musicologist

Death of dominant German musicologist


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2019

Professor Martin Geck died this weekend in Bochum, aged 83.

He was professor in Dortmund and editor of the Richard Wagner Edition.

One of few German musicologists to be published in English, he had four biograpies on the stocks at the University of Chicago Press – Bach, Beeethoven, Wagner, Schumann – and a fifth volume on Beethoven’s symphonies.


Der Spiegel once called him ‘the last generalist in his guild.’


  • John Borstlap says:

    Sad to read this…. his Wagner biography is brilliant, in spite of the postmodern touches here & there:

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    A real musicologist has gone. But I’m sure he’s left a great body of legitimate and rigorous scholarly work.