Zimmerman, Franklin B(ershir)
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(b Wauneta, KA, June 20, 1923). American musicologist . He attended the University of Southern California, where he took the BA in 1949 and the MA in 1952. He earned the BLitt at Oxford in 1956, then returned to USC to complete the doctorate on Purcell in 1958. His teachers have included Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Egon Wellesz and Sir Jack Westrup. He began his teaching career at the State University of New York, Potsdam (1958–9). From 1958 to 1964 he taught at USC. He was professor of music and director of the collegium musicum at Dartmouth College, 1964–8, and following a brief period teaching at the University of Kentucky (1968), he became chairman of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania. He retired in 1993.
Zimmerman is noted for his research on English Baroque music, particularly the music of Restoration England and the works of Purcell and Handel. His numerous Purcell studies culminated in a thematic catalogue (...