Plantinga, Leon (Brooks)

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Plantinga, Leon (Brooks)

Plantinga, Leon (Brooks) , American musicologist; b. Ann Arbor, Mich., March 25, 1935. He was educated at Calvin Coll. (B.A., 1957), Mich. State Univ. (M.Mus., 1959), and Yale Univ. (Ph.D., 1964, with the diss. The Musical Criticism of Robert Schumann in the “Neue Zeitschrift für Musik”). In 1963 he joined the faculty of Yale Univ., where he served as a prof. (from 1974), acting chairman (1978–79), and chairman (1979–86) of its music dept., and director of the division of humanities (1991–97). His Romantic Music: A History of Musical Style in Nineteenth- Century Europe (N.Y. and London, 1984) won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 1985.


Schumann as Critic (New Haven and London, 1967); Muzio Clementi: His Life and Music (London, 1977); Romantic Music: A History of Musical Style in Nineteenth-Century Europe (N.Y. and London, 1984); Anthology of Romantic Music (N.Y. and London, 1984); Beethoven’s Concertos: History, Style, Performance (N.Y., 1999).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire