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Arthur Eaglefield Hull (1876-1928) was a British author, editor, and composer. A student of Tobias Augustus Matthay and graduate of Oxford, he went on to become editor of the Monthly Musical Record, Dent’s International Library of Books on Music, and many other series. He also founded and participated in several British musical organizations, and was an active figure in the musical culture of Yorkshire and his home, Huddersfield.

According to Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Hull was accused of borrowing a number of passages from other authors for his 1927 work, Music: Classical, Romantic and Modern. Be it plagiarism or a failure to cite his references, the whole affair left Hull distraught, and he committed suicide the following year, throwing himself under a train at Huddersfield station.

Hull’s contributions to music and music literature should not be overlooked, however. He left behind numerous, respected writings, arrangements and editions, and even original compositions such as his Prelude, Berceuse and Rêverie for organ.

The dedication on Hull's offending volume. From Sibley Library's copy.

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Borrowing From Béla

Kéler Béla (1820-1882) had an interesting career which included turns as a law student, farmer, violinist, composer, and conductor. Born in Hungary, Kéler spent much of his musical career in Austria and Germany, but remained a Hungarian patriot at heart. The csárdás, a Hungarian folk dance, was a form favored by the composer, and while many today may not be familiar with Kéler’s name, they may be familiar with his op. 31 Csárdás Bártfai Emlek. This piece was used as the basis for Brahms’s 5th Hungarian Dance, and comparing the piano, 4 hands versions of both compositions shows them to be strikingly similar.

To see for yourself, compare Kéler’s Csárdás Bártfai Emlek (no. IV in this collection), available through Sibley’s NEH project, and Brahms’s 5th Hungarian Dance, available via IMSLP.

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Starting today, you can subscribe to an RSS feed of all materials added to Sibley’s Digital Scores Collection. This means access to real-time alerts for all new scores as they’re posted.

To start following our Digital Scores Collection through RSS, head over to our collection page at UR Research. Click on the new Recent Submissions RSS button, and add the feed to your RSS reader.

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