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20.01.2015 09:35

Hugh Macdonald at 75

He is “Mr. Berlioz”.  The English musicologist Hugh Macdonald celebrates his 75th birthday on 31  January. After academic positions in Oxford and Cambridge he became Professor of Musicology in Glasgow and St. Louis. In 1965 he became General Editor of the New Berlioz Edition, a position he held until the completion of the project in 2006. He is largely responsible for the fact that Hector Berlioz’s works are now performed again all over the world. Macdonald’s editions of the operas Les Troyens and Benvenuto Cellini were exceptionally pioneering undertakings which enabled performances of the works to be given in the 20th century. Macdonald has also helped revive other major 19th century works through his critical editions; in recent years these have included the French operas  Fiesque by Édouard Lalo, L’Étoile by Emmanuel Chabrier and Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas. His Bizet Catalogue, listing the works of Georges Bizet, has recently been made available online: digital.wustl.edu/bizet/ref/