Marshall, Robert L(ewis)

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Marshall, Robert L(ewis)

Marshall, Robert L(ewis), distinguished American musicologist; b. N.Y., Oct. 12, 1939. After training at Columbia Univ. (A.B., 1960), he studied at Princeton Univ. with Babbitt, Lockwood, Mendel, and Strunk (M.F.A., 1962; Ph.D., 1968, with the diss. The Compositional Process of J.S. Bach: A Study of the Autograph Scores of the Vocal Works; publ. in Princeton, 1972). In 1966 he joined the faculty of the Univ. of Chicago, where he served as chairman of the music dept. (1972–77) and then as a prof. (1977–83). He was a prof. at Brandeis Univ. from 1983 to 2000. From 1977 to 1987 he was general ed. of the series Recent Researches in the music of the Baroque Era. Marshall has particularly distinguished himself in Bach and Mozart studies, and has contributed scholarly articles to various journals. His book The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach: The Sources, the Style, the Significance (N.Y., 1989) won the ASCAPDeems Taylor Award in 1990. His other books include Mozart Speaks: Views on Music, Musicians, and the World (N.Y., 1991), Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music (N.Y., 1994), and Dennis Brain on Record (Newton, Mass., 1996).

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