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Knud Jeppesen (15 August 1892 – 14 June 1974) was a Danish composer, musicologist and writer on the history of music.

His study of Palestrina is internationally recognized. The Style of Palestrina and the Dissonance. 2nd ed., London, 1946. His 1930 Counterpoint: The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth Century has been a standard textbook since its appearance in German (1935) and English (1939), although due to subsequent research his understanding of Palestrina's music is somewhat dated.

A close associate of Carl Nielsen, Jeppesen championed his music as well as that of other Danish composers from the Renaissance onward. He resided in Italy following his retirement in 1957 from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he had succeeded Nielsen as a member of the board of directors. He was active in the International Musicological Society from 1927 until his death and presided it form 1949 to 1952.


  • Glahn, Henrik. Knud Jeppesen. 15. August 1892 bis 14. Juni 1974, Acta Musicologica, Vol. 47, Fasc. 1 (Jan. - Jun., 1975), pp. 1-2.
  • John Bergsagel: ' Jeppesen, Knud (Christian)', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 22 May 2008), <>


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