Music Critics

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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 1 Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist & Music Critic
Birthdate: June 8, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zwickau, Germany
Died: July 29, 1856
Robert Schumann was a German pianist, music critic, and composer. An influential musician of the Romantic era, Schumann is considered one of the greatest composers of the era. Schumann was initially focused on becoming the finest pianist in Europe. However, a hand injury brought an end to his dream, forcing him to focus on composing.

 2 Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno
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Famous As: Philosopher
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.

 3 Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau
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Famous As: Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenwich Village
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 4 Molly Meldrum

Molly Meldrum
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Famous As: Music critic, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orbost
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 5 E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann
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Famous As: Author
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.

 6 Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar
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Famous As: Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: July 12, 2010

 7 Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 18, 1786
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eutin, Germany
Died: June 5, 1826

Carl Maria von Weber was a German composer, virtuoso pianist, guitarist, and conductor. A significant musical figure in the Romantic era, he played a key role in the development of the German Romantische Oper (German Romantic opera). He also made significant contributions to vocal and choral music. He was a music critic as well and wrote music journalism. 

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 8 Armond White

Armond White
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 9 John Hammond

John Hammond
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Famous As: Record producer, Activist
Birthdate: December 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 10, 1987

 10 Erin McNaught

Erin McNaught
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Music critic
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.

 11 Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo
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Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: 0991 AD
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: 1033 AD

 12 Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 3, 1856

 13 Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Musicologist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Michigan

 14 Paul Dukas

Paul Dukas
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18, 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.

 15 Paul Le Flem

Paul Le Flem
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Radon, Écouves, France
Died: July 31, 1984

 16 Gabriel Marcel

Gabriel Marcel
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Famous As: Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Musician, Music critic
Birthdate: December 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 8, 1973

 17 Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin
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Famous As: Journalist, Literary critic, Music critic
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 18 David Fricke

David Fricke
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America

 19 Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch
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Famous As: Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 20 Henry Gauthier-Villars

Henry Gauthier-Villars
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 8, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villiers-sur-Orge, France
Died: January 12, 1931

 21 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji

Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Music critic, Writer
Birthdate: August 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Essex
Died: October 15, 1988

 22 Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds
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Famous As: Journalist, Music critic, Writer
Birthdate: June 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

 23 Cesar Cui

Cesar Cui
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Famous As: Composer, Music Critic
Birthdate: January 18, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: March 26, 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.

 24 Paul Morley

Paul Morley
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Famous As: Journalist, Music critic, Writer, Talent agent, Talent manager
Birthdate: March 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport

 25 Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus
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Famous As: Historian, Music historian, Writer, Journalist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco

 26 Ellen Willis

Ellen Willis
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: December 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 2006

 27 Dave Marsh

Dave Marsh
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Famous As: Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit

 28 Nick Kent

Nick Kent
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Famous As: Journalist, Music critic
Birthdate: December 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

 29 Remo Giazotto

Remo Giazotto
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Famous As: Musicologist
Birthdate: September 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: August 26, 1998

 30 Kelefa Sanneh

Kelefa Sanneh
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Famous As: He wrote for The New York Times
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Birmingham, West Midlands, England

 31 Heinrich Schenker

Heinrich Schenker
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Famous As: Music theorist
Birthdate: June 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wisniowczyki, Poland
Died: January 14, 1935

Heinrich Schenker was an influential music theorist whose works have had a significant impact on subsequent musical analysis. Based on his theories, a method of analyzing tonal music was developed; the method is now called Schenkerian analysis. Heinrich Schenker's approach was explained in a three volume series titled New Musical Theories and Phantasies.

 32 Charles Rosen

Charles Rosen
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: May 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 2012

 33 Marcia Davenport

Marcia Davenport
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 16, 1996

 34 Sacheverell Sitwell

Sacheverell Sitwell
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scarborough, England
Died: October 1, 1988

 35 Nik Cohn

Nik Cohn
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1946 AD
Birthplace: London, England

 36 Olga Samaroff

Olga Samaroff
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: May 17, 1948

 37 Eduard Hanslick

Eduard Hanslick
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: September 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: August 6, 1904

 38 Willi Schmid

Willi Schmid
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: April 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
Died: June 30, 1934

 39 Harold C. Schonberg

Harold C. Schonberg
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: November 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 26, 2003

 40 Tikhon Khrennikov

Tikhon Khrennikov
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelets, Russia
Died: August 14, 2007

 41 François-Joseph Fétis

François-Joseph Fétis
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Famous As: Musicologist
Birthdate: March 25, 1784
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mons, Belgium
Died: March 26, 1871

François-Joseph Fétis was a Belgian composer, musicologist, and teacher. He is also counted among the 19th century's most influential music critics. Apart from musicology, Fétis had a profound influence on music theory as well. As a writer, François-Joseph Fétis is also known for his massive compilation of biographical data which remains a prominent source of information today.

 42 Géza Csáth

Géza Csáth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: September 11, 1919

 43 Charles Wakefield Cadman

Charles Wakefield Cadman
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 24, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 30, 1946

 44 Stanley Sadie

Stanley Sadie
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Famous As: Musicologist
Birthdate: October 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wembley, London, 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.

 45 Wilfrid Mellers

Wilfrid Mellers
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Famous As: Music critic
Birthdate: April 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa, England
Died: May 17, 2008

 46 Johann Cochlaeus

Johann Cochlaeus
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Famous As: Humanist
Birthdate: January 10, 1479
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wendelstein, Germany
Died: January 10, 1552

 47 Augusto de Campos

Augusto de Campos
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 48 Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg

Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg
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Famous As: Music critic
Birthdate: November 21, 1718
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wendemark, Germany
Died: May 22, 1795

 49 Jeannette Thurber

Jeannette Thurber
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Famous As: Music patron
Birthdate: January 29, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 2, 1946

 50 Reginald De Koven

Reginald De Koven
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Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: April 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 16, 1920