Robbins, Richard (Stephen)
- Martin Marks
(b South Weymouth, MA, 4 Dec 1940; d Rhinebeck, NY, 7 Nov 2012). Composer. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music (1962–8) and studied the piano with Howard Goding. He then studied in Vienna with Hilda Langer-Rühl (1972–4), later becoming the director of the Music School at Rivers (Weston, MA, 1980–84). While there, he met the film producer Ismail Merchant and the director James Ivory, who helped him to make a documentary about Mannes's musically gifted children, Sweet Sounds (1976). Two years later he was asked to score the Merchant–Ivory adaptation of Henry James's The Europeans (1979). He scored more than a dozen films directed by Ivory, and worked on other independent films and related projects.
Robbins achieved particular distinction in his music for the three Merchant–Ivory films taken from E.M. Forster novels (A Room with A View...