Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

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.’

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