Walther Dürr (27 April 1932 – 6 January 2018)5:17, 15th January 2018
German musicologist Walther Dürr has died aged 85.
A Schubert specialist, Dürr edited the 14-volume series of the composer’s songs for Bärenreiter’s Neue Schubert-Ausgabe, the complete scholarly-critical edition of the composer’s works.
From 1965 to 1997, Dürr was a full-time member of editorial board of the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe, and continued to serve as a project manager even after his retirement. In his final days, he worked on a part-time basis as a member of the editorial board and volume editor.
His writing focused on the relation between words and music. In 1977 he was made an honorary professor of Tübingen University; he also taught at the universities of Stuttgart, Trossingen, Bern and Freiburg.
Bärenreiter issued a statement saying that ‘musicology has lost one of its towering figures, and the House of Bärenreiter a friend and sterling editor.’
Earlier today we announced the sad demise of eminent musicologist Walther Dürr. As a small tribute here are a few top performers using his excellent Schubert editions pic.twitter.com/JfC2B81Vs0
— Barenreiter (@Baerenreiter) January 11, 2018