Dart, (Robert) Thurston
- Ian D. Bent
(b Kingston, Surrey, Sept 3, 1921; d London, March 6, 1971). English musicologist, performer and teacher. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School, where he was a chorister of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court. He studied at the RCM (1938–9) and subsequently read mathematics at University College, Exeter (BSc 1942). After the war he studied in Belgium with Charles van den Borren. In 1946 he returned to England and began a career as a harpsichordist; the next year he was appointed an assistant lecturer in music at Cambridge University.
Dart was editor of the Galpin Society Journal from its inception in 1947 to 1954. From 1950 to 1965 he was secretary of Musica Britannica, and remained the driving force behind the series to the end of his life. He became a member of the Royal Musical Association council in 1952, and later a member of the editorial committee of the Purcell Society. During this period he gave frequent recitals on the harpsichord, clavichord and organ, and many broadcast talks. About ...