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Robin Holloway: Donald FrancisTovey, 8 August 2002

The Classics of Music: Talks, Essays and Other Writings Previously Uncollected 
by Donald FrancisTovey, edited by Michael Tilmouth.
Oxford, 821 pp., £60, September 2001, 0 19 816214 6
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... The name Donald FrancisTovey (always rather pompously in full) used to typify, before career musicology swept all before it, the broadly cultured rather than narrowly scholarly writer on music, sometimes browbeating and always unashamedly didactic, avid to improve his readers’ minds, popularising without condescension or dumbing down ...

Old Grove and New Grovers

Denis Arnold, 16 October 1980

George Grove 
by Percy Young.
Macmillan, 344 pp., £12.50, April 1980, 0 333 19602 3
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... who might have provided England with a musicology equal in depth to that of the Germans: notably, Donald FrancisTovey, who left no great historical study to match his gifts, but, instead, a readable and often perceptive set of notes for the orchestra’s basic classical repertoire. Modern analysts do not esteem such ...

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