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date: 23 February 2020

Strunk, (William) Oliverlocked

  • Kenneth Levy


(b Ithaca, NY, March 22, 1901; d Grottaferrata, Italy, Feb 24, 1980). American musicologist. He attended Cornell University (1917–19), where his father was a professor of English, and after private studies in composition returned there as a musicology student of Kinkeldey (1926–7). After a year (1927–8) at Berlin University studying under Johannes Wolf, Blume, Sachs and Schering, he joined the staff of the Library of Congress (1928) and later succeeded Carl Engel as head of its music department (1934–7), concurrently lecturing at the Catholic University of America, Washington. In the years immediately preceding World War II he took a leading part in welcoming eminent refugee music scholars and finding places for them in the USA. From 1937 he taught at Princeton University, where he was appointed professor (1950); on his retirement (1966) he moved to Grottaferrata, near Rome....

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