Musical America

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Musical America
Categories music magazine
Frequency Annual (directory)
Founder John Christian Freund
First issue October 8, 1898 (magazine)
1960 (directory)
Final issue January-February 1992 (magazine)[1]
Company UBM Global Trade
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0735-7788

Musical America is the oldest American magazine on classical music.[2] It is now a website ( with a weekly online magazine. It is currently published by UBM Global Trade.


Musical America's first issue was on October 8, 1898. Its founder was John Christian Freund (1848–1924), who with Milton Weil, also founded The Music Trades magazine in 1893.[3][4] Thirty-six issues appeared until June 24, 1899, covering music, drama, and the arts. In 1899 the publication was discontinued for six years due to a lack of financial resources. It reappeared as a weekly from November 18, 1905 until 1929, solely focusing on classical music. In 1921 Musical America published the first "Guide", that later evolved into the International Directory of the Performing Arts, now the Musical America Directory.

After John Freund died in 1924, Milton Well who had been Freund's business partner continued the publication. In 1926 Trade Publications Corporation took over Musical America. The publication diversified with articles about jazz, dance, radio, and records. It filed for bankruptcy in 1929, after which Weil's former assistant John Majeski bought the magazine. After some 30 years of relative stability, it was sold to staff member Theodate Johnson (1907–2002), sister of the architect, Philip Johnson.[5] The publication was then owned by High Fidelity, Billboard, Capital Cities/ABC,[2] Gerry M. Ritterman,[2][6] Primedia Information, and Commonwealth Business Media. During these years it was published in various formats. Shirley Fleming served as the magazine's editor from 1967-1991.[2] was launched in December 1998. It publishes some 30 news stories per week. Since April 2004, it also has a weekly newsletter.


  • 1898–1924: John Christian Freund (Milton Weil, asst editor)
  • 1924–1927: Milton Weil
  • 1927–1929: Deems Taylor

1929: Metronome Corporation acquired Musical America

February 1991: Gerry M. Ritterman acquired Musical America from Capital Cities/ABC

  • March 1991–January 1992: Charles I. Passy (born 1964)

1998: launch of

  • 2012–2014: Susan Elliott

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Inline citations

  1. ^ Musical America Ceases Publication
  2. ^ a b c d Allan Kozinn (April 3, 1991). "Musical America Magazine Announces Reorganization". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Alfred Dolge (1848–1922), Pianos and their makers: a comprehensive history of the development of the Piano, General Publishing Company, Ltd., Toronto (1972) ISBN 0-486-22856-8 ISBN 9780486228563 — copyrighted and originally published in 1911 by Covina Publishing Company, Covina, California
  4. ^ John C. Freund; Founder and Editor of Musical America Dies After Long Illness, The New York Times, June 4, 1924
  5. ^ Deaths: Severns, Theodate Johnson, The New York Times, March 15, 2002
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