Brackett, David (Robert)
- Richard Will
(b Arlington, VA, April 4, 1958). American musicologist and composer. He studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA 1981), the New England Conservatory (MM 1986), and Cornell University (DMA 1991), and taught at the State University of New York, Binghamton (1992–2003) before joining the faculty of McGill University in 2003. His Interpreting Popular Music is a landmark study in its marshaling of analytical and social-historical perspectives to address a wide array of music, including rock, soul, and country. He has also written extensively on issues of genre and categorization and edited a collection of source readings on popular music. From 1998 to 2000 he served as president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US chapter. A composition pupil of Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and David Cope, he has had works performed at many new music festivals and through the Society of Composers, and has won grants from the NEH and Meet the Composer among others....