Irving Kolodin

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Irving Kolodin (February 21, 1908[1] – April 29, 1988) was an American music critic and music historian.[2]


Irving Kolodin was born in New York City, New York. He wrote for the New York Sun from 1932 to 1950 and for the Saturday Review starting in 1947. He was best known for his popular Guide to Recorded Music. He also wrote program notes for the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, and a 762 page "candid history" of the Met up to 1966.[3]


  1. ^ Some sources say he was born February 22, 1908, but the Social Security Death Index confirms February 21 is the correct date: [1]
  2. ^ NYT Obituary
  3. ^ Irving Kolodin The Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1966: a candid history - 1966 762 pages