Robert Donington

Robert Donington ( born January 20, 1907 in Leeds, † 1990 in Firle, East Sussex ) was an English musicologist and viola da gamba.

Donington studied at Queen's College in Oxford. His teachers were Arnold Dolmetsch and Egon Wellesz. 1935 to 1938 he was secretary of the Dolmetsch Foundation publishes the journal The Consort. 1935 to 1939 he was a member of the English Consort of Viols. In 1955 he founded the Donington Consort. Doningtons research focus was on the performance practice of early music and in the music of Richard Wagner.

Publications (selection)

  • The Work and Ideas of Arnold Dolmetsch. Haslemere 1932
  • A Practical Method for the Recorder. Oxford 1932 ( with E. Hunt)
  • The Instruments of Music. London 1949, 3rd revised edition 1970
  • Tempo and Rhythm in Bach 's Organ Music. London 1960
  • The Interpretation of Early Music. London 1963, 3rd revised edition 1974
  • Wagner 's "Ring" and Its Symbols. London 1963
  • The Rise of Opera. 1981
  • Baroque Music: Style and Performance, a Handbook. 1982