Donald Tovey

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Sir Donald Francis Tovey (17 July 1875 - 10 July 1940) was a British musical analyst, musicologist, writer on music, composer, conductor and pianist. He had been best known for his Essays in Musical Analysis and his editions of works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, but since the 1990s his compositions (relatively small in number but substantial in musical content) have been recorded and performed with increasing frequency. The recordings have mostly been well received by reviewers.


  • The Pianoforte Sonatas of Beethoven must always be among the choicest possessions of all who love music and especially of those who make music their main object and study.
    • Introduction to Tovey's Edition of the Beethoven Sonatas

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