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Dent, Edward Joseph, 1876 - 1957 (Professor of Music)


Dates and places

b. Ribston, Yorkshire, 16 July 1876; d. London, 22 Aug. 1957. Educated at Eton, King's College (matric. 1895, Fellow 1902 - 1918, 1926 - 1957). Studied under Charles Wood and Stanford. From 1918 to 1926 worked in London as a music critic. 1926 returned to King's as Professor and Chair of Music. Dent translated opera libretti into English and published works on Busoni, Mozart and Scarlatti. Director (later governor) of Sadlers Wells Opera, and director of Covent Garden Opera Trust. President of the International Society for Contemporary Music, 1923 to 1938; President of the International Music Society, 1931 - 1949. Fellow of the British Academy. Honorary degrees from Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard Universities. After his death the Royal Musical Association instituted the Dent medal for work in musicology.

Legal status / Nationality


Sphere of activity

Professor of music, translator of opera libretti into English

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:


16 letters from Edward Joseph Dent to Oscar Browning, 1901 - 1913

Reference Code: GBR/0272/OB/1/469/A
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Most of the files contain five or more letters. Some files include letters from more than one member of a family, and the larger correspondences occupy two or more files.

Dates: 1901 - 1913

Anthology of prose and verse, 1934 - 1986

Reference Code: GBR/0272/PFR/4/2
Scope and Contents

The anthology was printed privately in memoriam 'Michael' [M. H. H. Walters, KC 1928, d. 1934], with contributions by PFR and E. J. Dent.

Dates: 1934 - 1986

Correspondence between E.M. Forster and E.J. Dent, 1901 - 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/18/151
Scope and Contents

1 autograph postcard, signed, to E.M. Forster. 3 Aug. 1907.
32 autograph letters, signed, (1 incomplete) and 5 autograph postcards, signed, from E.M. Forster. 1901-15.
Photocopies of 3 autograph letters, signed, 1 typed letter, signed, and 1 autograph postcard, signed, from E.M. Forster. 1930-55.
To request these documents, please use the following call mark: 18/fascicled/Dent, E.J.

Dates: 1901 - 1955

Dent, E.J., 1909-06-29 - 1913-10-01

Reference Code: GBR/0272/RCB/L/8/15
Scope and Contents

Typescript transcripts of 3 autograph letters, signed and 1 autograph postcard, signed.

Dates: 1909-06-29 - 1913-10-01

Dent: The Papers of Edward Joseph Dent

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EJD
Scope and Contents The papers contain little relating to Dent's early life, his family or his work as a music professor. The bulk of the collection concerns his work as a translator of operas and as a music journalist and author. There are a small body of papers relating to his involvement with Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden opera houses, and to his presidency of the International Music Research Society and the International Society for Contemporary Music. Among Dent's own research papers are his transcripts...
Dates: 1882 - 1968

E. J. Dent and 'Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail', 1951 - 1957

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCSC/2/5
Scope and Contents The file contains:- Typescript memoir [by J. B. Trend] written after Dent’s death, 23 Aug. 1957, including reference to Dent's religious beliefs; - Typescript translations of parts of Act II of Mozart's opera 'Die Entfuhrung' [by Edward Dent] for the Royal College of Music, Apr. 1951;- Draft of a letter from Carey to Adrian Boult concerning Dent’s life and lack of honours, and a typescript reply from Boult to Carey, 16 Aug. 1955, referring to a letter not enclosed (presumably...
Dates: 1951 - 1957

Letter from Edward Dent to GHWR, 1944-03-10

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/3/116
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter signed.

Dates: 1944-03-10
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.

Letter from Edward Dent to J.M. Keynes, 1915-06-15

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/45/85
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter, signed.

Dates: 1915-06-15

Letters from Edward Dent to Clive Carey, 1902 - 1957

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCSC/1/1
Scope and Contents

407 letters and 13 postcards from Dent to Carey.

Dates: 1902 - 1957

Letters from Edward Joseph Dent to JTS, 1918 - 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JTS/2/57
Scope and Contents

4 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1918 - 1937

Letters from E.J. Dent and other items, 1920 - 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0272/WJHS/1/17
Scope and Contents

11 autograph letters, signed. 1920-45.
This file also contains 2 autograph letters, signed, from Tom Lancaster to E.J. Dent, [May] and 3 July 1945.

Dates: 1920 - 1945

'Memorials of King's College', 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JS/1/59/2
Scope and Contents

Items contain typed and manuscript correspondence with, and carbon typescript lists of Kingsmen for, F.L. Lucas, R.E. Balfour, E.J. Dent, Percy Lubbock, G.C. Morris, F.W. Reddaway and G.H.W. Rylands.

Dates: 1939

Papers relating to the Greek plays, 1903 - 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCSC/2/2
Scope and Contents The file contains press cuttings, reviews, articles, photographs, programmes and other printed material relating to productions of Greek plays and operas at Cambridge. It includes the following items, with other material not listed in detail:- Photographs of actors in costume including Rupert Brooke, George Lyttelton and Clive Carey;- Postcard from J. W. Clark to Carey, 31 May 1903;- Letter from Alwyn Scholfield to Carey;- Letter from J. T. Sheppard to Carey, 1915;-...
Dates: 1903 - 1912

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 1
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