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John Barry Steane

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Steane, John Barry

12 April 1928, Coventry


English music critic and musicologist.

He attended Jesus College, University of Cambridge where he studied English under A.P. Rossiter from 1948 to 1952.
Upon graduating he became a teacher in Northwood, Middlesex where he worked until 1988; he wrote the introduction to the Penguin edition of Marlowe's plays.

He joined the staff of Gramophone in 1973; there he worked mostly as a reviewer of recordings, both new and historical, of opera and other vocal music.

In 1974 he published his book The Grand Tradition: Seventy Years of Singing on Record which covered the history of recorded singing up to that point in time. Nine years later he began writing articles and reviews for The Musical Times.

He has also contributed many reviews and articles to Opera (1981–3) and Opera Now (1989–91), and he has authored numerous entries in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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