Music Critics

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Know about famous music critics, such as Theodor W. Adorno, Robert Christgau, Stanley Crouch, E. T. A. Hoffmann and Harvey Pekar. This list of famous music critics includes people from United States, England, Australia, Germany, Italy and many more countries.
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Theodor W. Adorno
(Philosopher)
Theodor W. Adorno
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Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: August 6, 1969

One of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno was a pioneer of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and despised the culture industry. Born to a singer mother, the German sociologist grew up amid music and could even play Beethoven on the piano by 12.

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Robert Christgau
(Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Writer, Music critic)
Robert Christgau
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Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenwich Village
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Molly Meldrum
(Music critic, Record producer, Composer)
Molly Meldrum
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Birthdate: January 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orbost
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E. T. A. Hoffmann
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Birthdate: January 24, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany
Died: June 25, 1822

E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German author, jurist, artist, composer, and music critic. His stories served as an inspiration and laid the foundation for The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach. The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is also based on Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Hoffmann is among the most influential authors of the Romantic Movement.

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Harvey Pekar
(Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
Harvey Pekar
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Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: July 12, 2010
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Erin McNaught
(Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Music critic)
Erin McNaught
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Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canberra

Erin McNaught is an Australian actress, model, television personality, and presenter. McNaught achieved both fame and notoriety when she represented Australia in the 2006 Miss Universe competition where she was one of the most controversial participants. Over the years, Erin McNaught has also taken part in charity campaigns, such as UK's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

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Armond White
(Film critic)
Armond White
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Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 8 
John Hammond
(Record producer, Activist)
John Hammond
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Birthdate: December 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 10, 1987
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Guido of Arezzo
(Italian Pedagogue and Music Theorist Who Invented the Modern Staff Notation)
Guido of Arezzo
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Birthdate: 0991 AD
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: 1033 AD

Guido of Arezzo was an Italian pedagogue and music theorist of High medieval music. He is often credited with inventing the modern staff notation, which later gave rise to Western musical notation. Among his treatises, Micrologus, was one of the most widely circulated medieval treatise on music.

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Adolphe Adam
(French Music Critic, Teacher, and Composer Best Remembered for His Ballets, 'Le corsaire' and 'Giselle')
Adolphe Adam
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Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 3, 1856

Adolphe Adam was a French music critic, teacher, and composer. Best remembered for his ballets, Le corsaire and Giselle, Adam was a prolific composer for the theatre. Adolphe Adam is credited with developing the French form of opera along with his teacher Adrien Boieldieu and his older contemporary Daniel Auber.

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Paul Dukas
(French Composer Best Known for the Orchestral Piece 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice')
Paul Dukas
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Birthdate: October 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1935

Best known for his masterpiece The Sorcerer's Apprentice, French composer Paul Dukas was admired by both conservative and progressive French musicians. Born to a pianist mother, Dukas had begun composing while recovering from an ailment at age 14. Shortly before his death, he destroyed most of his manuscripts.

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Stephen Thomas Erlewine
(Journalist, Writer, Musicologist, Music critic)
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Michigan
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Paul Le Flem
(Composer)
Paul Le Flem
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Birthdate: March 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Radon, Écouves, France
Died: July 31, 1984
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Gabriel Marcel
(Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Musician, Music critic)
Gabriel Marcel
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Birthdate: December 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 8, 1973
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Janet Maslin
(Journalist, Best Known as a Film & Literary Critic for 'The New York Times')
Janet Maslin
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Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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David Fricke
(Journalist, Writer, Music critic)
David Fricke
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Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America
Henry Gauthier-Villars
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Birthdate: August 8, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villiers-sur-Orge, France
Died: January 12, 1931
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Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
(Pianist, Composer, Music critic, Writer)
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
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Birthdate: August 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Essex
Died: October 15, 1988
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Simon Reynolds
(Journalist, Music critic, Writer)
Simon Reynolds
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Birthdate: June 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
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Paul Morley
(Journalist, Music critic, Writer, Talent agent, Talent manager)
Paul Morley
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Birthdate: March 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport
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Stanley Crouch
(Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
Stanley Crouch
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Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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César Cui
(Russian Composer and Music Critic)
César Cui
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Birthdate: January 18, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: March 13, 1918

Cesar Cui was a Russian composer best remembered for his association with a group called The Five, which worked to create a national style of classical music. Also a well-known music critic of his time, Cui worked hard to promote the music of other Russian composers, especially the works of his co-members from The Five.

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Nick Kent
(Journalist, Music critic)
Nick Kent
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Birthdate: December 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
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Greil Marcus
(Historian, Music historian, Writer, Journalist, Music critic)
Greil Marcus
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Birthdate: June 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco
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Dave Marsh
(Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
Dave Marsh
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Birthdate: March 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit
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Ellen Willis
(Essayist)
Ellen Willis
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Birthdate: December 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 2006
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Remo Giazotto
(Musicologist)
Remo Giazotto
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Birthdate: September 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: August 26, 1998
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Kelefa Sanneh
(He wrote for The New York Times)
Kelefa Sanneh
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands, England
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Marcia Davenport
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Birthdate: June 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 16, 1996
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Charles Rosen
(Pianist)
Charles Rosen
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Birthdate: May 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 2012
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Sacheverell Sitwell
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Birthdate: November 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scarborough, England
Died: October 1, 1988
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Nik Cohn
(Writer)
Nik Cohn
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Birthdate: 1946 AD
Birthplace: London, England
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Olga Samaroff
(Pianist)
Olga Samaroff
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Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: May 17, 1948
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Eduard Hanslick
(Music Critic)
Eduard Hanslick
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Birthdate: September 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: August 6, 1904
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Willi Schmid
(Music Critic)
Willi Schmid
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Birthdate: April 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
Died: June 30, 1934
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Harold C. Schonberg
(Music Critic)
Harold C. Schonberg
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Birthdate: November 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 26, 2003
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Tikhon Khrennikov
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Birthdate: June 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelets, Russia
Died: August 14, 2007
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Charles Wakefield Cadman
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Birthdate: December 24, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 30, 1946
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Géza Csáth
(Writer)
Géza Csáth
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Birthdate: February 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: September 11, 1919
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Stanley Sadie
(British Musicologist, Music Critic, and Editor)
Stanley Sadie
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Birthdate: October 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wembley, England
Died: March 21, 2005

A Cambridge alumnus, Stanley Sadie later not only became a popular music journalist, writing for publications such as The Time and editing The Musical Times but also edited the Grove Dictionary of music. He also headed the Royal Musical Association as its president and wrote predominantly on Mozart and Handel.

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Wilfrid Mellers
(Music critic)
Wilfrid Mellers
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Birthdate: April 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa, England
Died: May 17, 2008
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Augusto de Campos
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Birthdate: February 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Augusto de Campos is a Brazilian writer, translator, visual artist, and music critic. He is best known for founding the Concrete poetry movement as well as a literary magazine called Noigandres along with his brother Haroldo de Campos. Augusto de Campos' contributions were honored with the prestigious Order of Cultural Merit in 2015.

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Johann Cochlaeus
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Birthdate: January 10, 1479
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wendelstein, Germany
Died: January 10, 1552
 44 
Reginald De Koven
(Music Critic)
Reginald De Koven
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Birthdate: April 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 16, 1920
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Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
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Birthdate: November 21, 1718
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wendemark, Germany
Died: May 22, 1795
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Jeannette Thurber
(Music patron)
Jeannette Thurber
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Birthdate: January 29, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 2, 1946
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Andrew Porter
(Music critic)
Andrew Porter
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Birthdate: August 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: April 3, 2015
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Daniel Gregory Mason
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Birthdate: November 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 4, 1953
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Maurycy Mochnacki
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Birthdate: September 13, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boyanets', Ukraine
Died: December 20, 1834

Maurycy Mochnacki was a Polish pianist, publicist, journalist, historian, independence activist, and literary, theatre and music critic. A fierce critic, Mochnacki encouraged writers to develop a Polish version of Romanticism. Maurycy Mochnacki also played a major role in the 1830's November Uprising, participating in many battles at Stoczek, Wawer, Grochów, and Ostrołęka.

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Winthrop Sargeant
(Music critic)
Winthrop Sargeant
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Birthdate: December 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 15, 1986