Arthur Eaglefield Hull (1876–1928) was an English music critic, writer, composer and organist.Initially a music student of the pianist and theorist Tobias Matthay, he graduated with a Doctorate of Music (Mus. Doc.) from Oxford University. He lived in Huddersfield in Yorkshire, and became an editor of several music publications including The Monthly Musical Record, International Library of Books on Music, Library of Music and musicians, The Music Lover's library and others. He also taught the piano and organ privately with Frederic Lord being one of his notable pupils.
Hull wrote a biography of Alexander Scriabin, and coined the term "mystic chord" to describe the harmonic and melodic device which the Russian composer used in some of his later works. He translated and edited biographies of Mussorgsky, Handel, Beethoven and others, and also wrote books and articles on subjects such as musical harmony and organ technique, was a composer and arranger, and produced editions of music scores (such as the "Organ Sonatas" of Alexandre Guilmant). He was the general editor for the reference work, "A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians" (Dent, 1924), which covered the period from 1880 onwards.
In 1927, his book Music: "Classical, Romantic and Modern" was published but material in it was found to be borrowed from other writers. How much of this was delibarate plagiarism and how much a mere careless, hasty failure to cite sources is not known, but the resultant public denunciations left Hull very upset. He committed suicide the following by throwing himself under a train at Huddersfield station. I can't help but moved by pity for him, as there MUST have been other unhappiness in his life. The dedication page of the book which caused his "disgrace" reads: "TO MY WIFE - Whose lack of interest in this book has been my constant despair"...
Hull wrote some significant organ works, such as the "Prelude, Berceuse, and Rêverie," which were published by Augener Limited in 1913.