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List, George Harold


LIST, GEORGE HAROLD (1912– ), ethnomusicologist, composer, and educator. Born in Tucson, Arizona, List earned a diploma in flute, Juilliard School of Music (1933); B.S. and M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University (1941 and 1945); and his Ph.D., Indiana University (1954). After performing as a flutist and teaching music in several public schools, he joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1954 where he became active in the interdisciplinary fields of ethnomusicology and folklore. There, he was appointed associate professor of folklore, retiring as professor in 1976. He also served as director of the Archives of Traditional Music (1954–76), director of the Inter-American Program in Ethnomusicology (1966–76), and editor of The Folklore and Folk Music Archivist (1958–68).

From 1960 through 1970 he recorded and researched the traditional music of the Hopi Indians of Northern Arizona, the inhabitants of the Caribbean Littoral of Colombia, and the Indians of the Andes and the Amazon region of Ecuador. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Historical Society, American Philosophical Society, and a Fulbright research award. His writings include Music and Poetry in a Colombian Village (1983); Singing About It, Folksong in Southern Indiana (1991); Stability and Variation in Hopi Song (1993) as well as numerous theoretical studies (see Discourse… in the Bibliography). Among his compositions are Memoir and Scherzino for flute and piano (1951); Music For Children, eight pieces (1952); symphonic satire Marche O'Malley (1947); and a string quartet (1951).


Grove Music Online; James Hass, "Bibliography of G. List's Writings," in: Caroline et al. (eds.), Discourse in Ethnomusiclogy Essays (1978), 289–98.

[Israel J. Katz (2nd ed.)]

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