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Eric Walter Blom (1888–1959) by Howard Coster, 1942 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alec Hyatt King

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Blom, Eric Walter (1888–1959), music critic and lexicographer, was born on 20 August 1888 in Bern, Switzerland, the only son and eldest child of Frederick Walter Blom, bookseller and amateur singer of Danish origin, and his wife, Anna Elise Rosalie Wenger. He was educated privately and was always very reticent about his early years: he seems to have been largely self-taught in music. ...

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Sir George Grove (1820–1900) by Robert Jefferson Bingham, 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grove, Sir George (1820–1900), writer on music and lexicographer, was born on 13 August 1820 at Thurlow Lodge, 74 Thurlow Terrace, Clapham, Surrey, the eighth of the eleven children of Thomas Grove (1774–1852), fishmonger and venison dealer, and his wife, Mary (1784–1856), née...