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American musicologist, professional violinist, and teacher.

Career Summary

Julius Gold studied violin at Chicago Musical College (1900‒05) and history with Bernhard Ziehn (1905‒10), then taught music theory and composition at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (1910‒14), thereafter playing violin with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (1914‒37), also teaching counterpoint and composition at Dominican College, San Rafael, California (1931‒35). Subsequently he taught privately in San Francisco.

His papers, including unpublished translations of and commentaries on works by Ziehn, writings on modality and other theoretical topics, and correspondence, are now held in the Special Collection, the Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Gold and Schenker

Schenker's diary records a request from Gold in San Francisco for Der Tonwille, and Schenker arranged for the journal to be sent to him and charged to his own account, and wrote him a letter (OJ 4/1, p. 3201, April 24 and 26, 1928). No correspondence between the two survives in OC or OJ, and none is listed by the Library of Congress (there is correspondence with Universal Edition).


  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (1971)
  • Library of Congress online finding aids:


  • Ian Bent

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