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Johannes Riedel

RIEDEL, Johannes. b. Neustadt, Poland, 16 May 1913; d. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 20 August 1996. A distinguished musicologist with a strong sense of the inter-connectedness of things across a broad historic, ethnic, and stylistic range, Riedel’s interests included the sociology of music; the history of music; music in the present; both ‘classical’ and ‘popular’ music; and church music in its choral and congregational forms. He joined theory and practice in a curiosity and concern about music in church and society, how a society is ordered, and how people are treated in it. Hymnology was an important part of this mix from his early years in Breslau and throughout his life, and a number of...

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