Forbes, Elliot, American choral conductor and musicologist; b. Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 30, 1917. He was educated at Harvard Univ. (B.A., 1941; M.A., 1947) and also attended the Salzburg Mozarteum (1937). From 1947 to 1958 he was a member of the music dept. at Princeton Univ. He was a prof, at Harvard Univ. from 1958 to 1984, and also was conductor of the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Soc. from 1958 to 1970. He conducted the Harvard Glee Club on a world tour in 1961, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus on a North American tour in 1964 and a world tour in 1967. From 1959 to 1970 he was general ed. of the Harvard-Radcliffe Choral Music Series. He ed. the revision of Thayer’s Life of Beethoven (Princeton, 1964; 2nd ed., rev., 1967) and the Harvard Song Book (Boston, 1965). He publ. A History of Music at Harvard to 1972 (Cambridge, Mass., 1988) and A Report of Music at Harvard 1972–1990 (Cambridge, Mass., 1993).
L. Lockwood and P. Benjamin, eds., Beethoven Es-says: Studies in Honor of E. F. (Cambridge, Mass., 1984).
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