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The New International Encyclopædia/Niecks, Frederick

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NIECKS, nēks, Frederick (1845—). A British musician, critic, and writer, of German birth and parentage. He was born in Düsseldorf, and studied under native teachers. When twenty-three years of age he moved to England, and became organist at Dumfries, and played viola in A. C. Mackenzie's string quartet. He subsequently became critic for the Monthly Musical Record and Novello's Musical Times. He was appointed professor of music in Edinburgh University, and was considered one of the highest musical authorities in Great Britain. His works include: Dictionary of Musical Terms (1884); Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician (1888).