German musicologist and teacher Harald Heckmann was born in Dortmund on 6 December 1924. He studied in Freiburg im Breisgau with various teachers including Wilibald Gurlitt, Reinhold Hammerstein and Hermann Zenck.
His field was source documentation, supported in particular by music iconography and electronic data processing.
In 1954 he established the German Archive for the History of Music and led the organisation until 1971. He also had high ranking and honorary positions with a series of international organisations, won several awards and taught at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.
Harald Heckmann died at Kronberg im Taunus on 5 November 2023, aged ninety-eight.