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Obituaries

Musicologist Philip Gossett, who created critical editions of the works of Verdi and Rossini.

PHILIP GOSSETT
NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1941—HYDE PARK , IL, JUNE 12, 2017

A MUSICOLOGIST whose passionate yet rigorous scholarship created critical editions of the works of Verdi and Rossini, Gossett was educated at Juilliard, Amherst and Princeton and studied in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1968. He remained affiliated with the university for the rest of his career and was a professor emeritus there at the time of his death. In January of this year, Gossett donated his collection of scores and manuscripts, numbering more than 2,000 individual pieces, to Juilliard, where he had studied in the preparatory division during his high-school years.

Gossett was instrumental in revising critical opinion of Rossini’s serious operas, such as Tancredi, Ermione, Semiramide and Maometto II, and brought fresh perspective to the study and performance practice of Verdi’s operas as well. He served as general editor of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi (University of Chicago Press and Casa Ricordi of Milan) and of Works of Gioachino Rossini (Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel). Among the many companies that benefited from Gossett’s scholarship in preparing new productions and revivals of nineteenth-century Italian opera were the Metropolitan Opera, the Juilliard School, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy. spacer



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