Edward Joseph Dent

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J. Palmer Clarke/King’s College, Cambridge EJD/5/1/1. Edward J. Dent, 1900

Edward Joseph Dent, generally known by his initials as E. J. Dent (16 July 1876, Ribston, Yorkshire – 22 August 1957, London), was a British writer on music.[1]


Dent was the son of the landowner and politician John Dent. He was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge,[2] where he sat the Classical Tripos in 1898. He was elected a Fellow of the college in March 1902 having distinguished himself in music both as researcher and a composer.[3] Dent was Professor of Music at Cambridge University from 1926 to 1941. He was President of the I.S.C.M. from its foundation in 1922 until 1938. He was a governor of Sadler's Wells Opera, and translated many libretti for it. He wrote influential books on Alessandro Scarlatti, Ferruccio Busoni, Handel, English operas and the operas of Mozart.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Alessandro Scarlatti, his life and works
  • Mozart's operas
  • Foundations of English opera
  • Ferruccio Busoni
  • A life of Handel
  • Opera. Penguin, 1940.


  1. ^ http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/archive-centre/archive-month/march-2013.html
  2. ^ "Dent, Edward Joseph (DNT895EJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36717). London. 17 March 1902. p. 11. 


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