Hitchcock, H(ugh) Wiley

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Hitchcock, H(ugh) Wiley

Hitchcock, H(ugh) Wiley, eminent American musicologist and editor; b. Detroit, Sept. 28, 1923. He was educated at Dartmouth Coll. (A.B., 1943) and the Univ. of Mich. (M.Mus., 1948; Ph.D., 1954, with the diss. The Latin Oratorios of Marc-Antoine Charpentier). He taught music at the Univ. of Mich. (1947–61), and then was prof, of music at Hunter Coll. (1961–71). In 1971 he became prof, of music at Brooklyn Coll. (named Distinguished Prof, of Music in 1980), where he also served as director of the Inst. for Studies in American Music. A recipient of numerous grants, including Fulbright senior research fellowships in 1954-55 (Italy) and 1968-69 (France), and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1968-69, Hitchcock also served on the boards of numerous organizations; in 1991-92 he was president of the American Musicological Soc, and in 1994 was made an honorary member. He was also ed. of The Prentice-Hall History of Music Series (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1965-), Earlier American Music (reprints of music; N.Y., 1972-), and Recent Researches in American Music (Madison, Wise, 1976-). He was co-ed, of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (4 vols., N.Y., 1986). His research interests are wide and meritorious, covering French Baroque and American music, and his editorial contributions include the works of Caccini, Leonardo Leo, Charpentier, and Lully.


Music in the United States: A Historical Introduction (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1969; 2nd ed., rev. and enl, 1974; 3rd ed., 1988); Charles Ives Centennial Festival- Conference 1974 (program book; N.Y., 1974); Ives (London, 1977; rev. 1983); co-ed., with V. Perlis, An Ives Celebration: Papers and Panels of the Charles Ives Centennial Festival-Conference (Urbana, 111., 1977); The Phonograph and Our Musical Life (Brooklyn, 1980); with L. Inserra, The Music of Ainsworth’s Psalter (1612) (Brooklyn, 1981); The Works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier: A Catalogue Raisonné (Paris, 1982); Ives: A Survey of the Music (N.Y., 1983); Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Oxford, 1990).


R. Crawford, R. Lott, and C. qa, eds., A Celebration of American Music: Words and Music in Honor of H.W. H. (Ann Arbor, 1989).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire