Arthur Mendel (June 6, 1905 – October 14, 1979) was an American musicologist, known as a Bach scholar.[1] He was born in Boston and died in Newark, New Jersey.[2]



He graduated from Harvard University in 1925 before going to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.[1]



Mendel was an editor at G. Schirmer, Inc. (1930-1938), the journal of the American Musicological Society (1940-1943) and Associated Music Publishers (1941-1943).[2]

For 31 years, Mendel taught at Princeton University.[1]

Literary works

  • music critics on the "Nation" (1930–1933)[2]
  • editor of "The Bach Reader", 1945 (with H. T. David)
  • Studies in the History of Musical Pitch, 1968
  • With Nathan Broder, translator of Mozart: His Character, His Work by Alfred Einstein
  • Translator of 'Mozart's Choice of Keys' by Alfred Einstein


  1. ^ a b c "Arthur Mendel, Music Professor At Princeton and Expert on Bach". The New York Times. October 18, 1979. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Arthur Mendel (Conductor, Music Scholar)". Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved 20 October 2022.