Duckles, Vincent H(arris)
- Philip Brett
(b Boston, MA, Sept 21, 1913; d Berkeley, CA, July 1, 1985). American musicologist and librarian. He took the AB at the University of California, Berkeley, and the MA (1937) and the EdD (1944) at Columbia University. After teaching for a time he returned to Berkeley, taking a degree in librarianship in 1950, and studying under Bukofzer for the doctorate (1953). He was appointed head of the music library at Berkeley in 1947 and subsequently associate professor (1957) and full professor of music (1962). He served as president of the Music Library Association (1960–62) and was also active in both the American Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries. Beginning with his dissertation on the Gamble Commonplace-book, Duckles made important contributions to the history of 17th-century English song. In later years he turned his attention to the historiography of music and the history of musical scholarship. His bibliography of music reference and research materials is an indispensable aid to every musical scholar; it has been kept up to date since his death in new editions. In some ways, however, his major achievement was the magnificent collection of books and music over which he presided at Berkeley, and which he was instrumental in building into one of the finest libraries for musical research in the USA....