William Armstrong (music critic)

William Armstrong (1858 – May 18, 1942[1]) was an American music critic, lecturer, and writer.

William Armstrong
Died(1942-05-18)May 18, 1942


Armstrong was born in 1858 in Frederick County, Maryland. As a child, he received piano lessons in Stuttgart, Germany. Later he began playing professionally and teaching lessons on the instrument.[2] Armstrong published musical reviews in major newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, where he was the music editor (1893 - 1898), and the New York Times.[1] He also published reviews and essays in periodicals such as the Saturday Evening Post and the Saturday Review.[3] In addition to his reviews and essays, Armstrong wrote several books. These include the novels Thekla (1887) and An American Nobleman (1892),[2] and the essay series The Romantic World of Music.[4]


  1. ^ a b "William Armstrong". The New York Times. May 23, 1942.
  2. ^ a b Mathews, W.S.B. (1897). "Noteworthy Personalities". Music. Chicago: Music Magazine Publishing Company. 12: 211–2.
  3. ^ Musical Record. Boston: Oliver Ditson Company (429): 1. October 1, 1897. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "The Romantic World of Music". The New York Times Book Review. October 22, 1922. p. 56. Retrieved January 21, 2010.