Henry George Farmer

Henry George Farmer (17 January 1882 – 20 December 1965) was a British musicologist specializing in Arabic music. In his writings, he argued passionately for the strong influence of Arabic music over the musical traditions of Europe.

He was born in Birr Barracks, Crinkill, King's County, Ireland, where his father (also named Henry George Farmer, d. 1900) was serving in the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment of the British Army. He was the only participant in the 1932 Cairo Congress of Arab Music from the United Kingdom. He also wrote about Turkish, Scottish, and Irish music, as well as British military music. In addition to the articles listed below, he contributed very largely to the fifth edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music. He died in Law, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, aged 83.

A collection of Farmer's papers is housed at the Special Collections Department of the Glasgow University Library at the University of Glasgow.

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