Edward Tatnall Canby (1912-1988)
Where: Yelping Hill and Town Street
Edward Canby was born in New Haven in 1912, and studied music at Yale University. During the 1930s Canby joined Alan Lomax, an ethnomusicologist, on a tour of Appalachia to collect folk music. It was during that time they met, became friends with, and made extensive recordings of Jean Ritchie for the Library of Congress.
Canby began his teaching career in the 1940s at Princeton University. He later moved to Finch College in New York during the 1950s. It was during the 1940s that Canby became interested in the relationship between music and audio equipment. Canby’s interest resulted in a weekly radio program on WNYC for almost 20 years and a book, The Saturday Review Home Book of Recorded Music and Sound Reproduction.
During the 1960s and 1970s Canby wrote reviews for Harper’s and Saturday Review, wrote a regular column for Audio magazine, contributed album annotations for Nonesuch records in addition to his program on WNYC.
Having spent summers at Yelping Hill during his childhood, Canby maintained a bond with Cornwall throughout his life. Around 1950 Canby created a choral group called the Cornwall Chorus, which gave performances at Music Mountain and other local venues each year. Canby then went on to found the Canby Singers in New York, still active today, which performed mostly renaissance music. During Canby’s lifetime, the Canby Singers also held a yearly performance in Cornwall. Canby died at his home in Cornwall at the age of 85.
For more information visit: http://www.wnyc.org/story/140336-edward-tatnall-canby-reviewer-critic-audiophile/
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