Irving Kolodin

Irving Kolodin (February 21, 1908[1] – April 29, 1988) was an American music critic and music historian.[2]

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Irving Kolodin was born in New York City, New York. He wrote for the New York Sun from 1932 to 1950 and for the Saturday Review starting in 1947. He was best known for his popular Guide to Recorded Music. He also wrote program notes for the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera, and a 762-page "candid history" of the Met up to 1966.[3] He was married to Irma (née Levy) Zeckendorf, former wife of real estate developer William Zeckendorf.[4][5]


  1. ^ Some sources say he was born February 22, 1908, but the Social Security Death Index confirms February 21 is the correct date: [1]
  2. ^ NYT Obituary
  3. ^ Irving Kolodin The Metropolitan Opera, 1883-1966: a candid history - 1966 762 pages
  4. ^ Santa Fe New Mexican: "William Zeckendorf Jr., 1929-2014: Developer, philanthropist left mark on Santa Fe" By Howard Houghton February 12, 2014
  5. ^ New York Times: "SUSAN NICHOLSON Obituary" October 24, 2014