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date: 26 February 2021

Spivacke, Haroldlocked

  • Paula Morgan


(b New York, July 18, 1904; d Washington DC, May 9, 1977). American music librarian and administrator. At New York University he took the BA in 1923 and the MA in 1924. He later studied at the University of Berlin, where he received the PhD in 1933 with a dissertation on aspects of tonal intensity. His private teachers included Eugen d’Albert and Hugo Leichtentritt. After working in New York as a research assistant to Olin Downes (1933–4), he joined the staff of the music division of the Library of Congress in 1934; he was assistant chief of the division from 1934 to 1937 and chief from 1937 until his retirement in 1972. During his long tenure in the music division Spivacke was active with a number of governmental agencies and departments in addition to the Library of Congress. His activities in professional organizations included a term as president of the Music Library Association (...

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