John Hsu

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John Hsu (April 21, 1931 in Shantou[1][2] – March 24, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) was a leading specialist in French baroque viol music and a professor of music at Cornell University.[3][4][5] During his tenure at Cornell, Hsu served 5 years from 1966 to 1971 as chair of the department and from 1976 served as the Old Dominion Foundation Professor. His publications include musical records of the works of Charles Dollé and Marin Marais, among others, and his edition of Marais' complete instrumental works was the first in modern times.[3] He also released handbook on the techniques of the French baroque viol. A native of Shantou, China, Hsu relocated to Hong Kong and Shanghai with his family as a child before emigrating to the United States to attend college in 1949.[4] He received the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the government in France in 2001 in recognition of his work with French baroque.


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  3. ^ a b Early Music America (Organization) (1993). Historical Performance: The Journal of Early Music America, Volumes 6-7. Early Music America. p. 109. 
  4. ^ a b "Professor emeritus, musician and scholar John Hsu dies | Cornell Chronicle". Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  5. ^ Rhodes, Frank Harold Trevor (2001). The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University. Cornell University Press. pp. 26–27. ISBN 080143937X.