Francis Hueffer

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Francis Hueffer (born Franz Hüffer; 22 May 1845[1] – 19 January 1889) was a German-English writer on music, music critic, and librettist.

Biography[edit]

Hueffer was born in Münster, Germany, on 22 May 1845. He studied modern philology and music in London, Paris, Berlin, and Leipzig, and earned a Ph.D. in 1869 from the University of Göttingen for a critical edition of the works of Guillem de Cabestant, a 12th-century troubadour.

Following his studies, he moved to London in 1869 as a writer on music, and from 1878 worked as music critic for The Times, succeeding James William Davison. He wrote a number of books on music, especially on music history and biography; edited the Great Musicians series for Novello & Co; and translated the correspondence of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt to English. He also wrote the libretti for several English operas: Alexander Mackenzie's Colomba and The Troubadour, and Frederic Hymen Cowen's Sleeping Beauty. Also succeeding Davison, he became editor of the Musical World in 1886 and actuated a more musically progressive attitude.[2] He fell ill in the summer of 1888 and died of cancer on 19 January 1889.

Hueffer's wife, Catherine Madox Brown, was an artist and model associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. Their sons, Ford Madox Hueffer (better known as Ford Madox Ford) and Oliver Madox Hueffer, were writers.

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  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Baker's gives a date of birth of 23 May 1843
  2. ^ Hughes, Meirion (2002). The English Musical Renaissance and the Press 1850–1914: Watchmen of Music. Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 27–28. 

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