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date: 10 December 2019

Crocker, Richard L(incoln)locked

  • Philip Brett

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(b Roxbury, MA, Feb 17, 1927). American musicologist. He took the BA as Scholar of the House (Philosophical Orations) from Yale College in 1950, and completed the doctorate under Schrade in 1957 with a dissertation on the Limoges prosae. After teaching at Yale (1955–63), he became assistant professor (1963–7), associate professor (1967–71) and full professor (1971–) at the University of California at Berkeley. He retired in 1994. He became known for his independent ideas in A History of Musical Style, and in ‘The Troping Hypothesis’, for which he was awarded the Alfred Einstein Memorial Prize by the American Musicological Society. His work at Berkeley in developing methods of teaching non-musicians deserves mention (see Listening to Music). Crocker’s major scholarly contribution, however, is to the history and analysis of the medieval sequence, and his work on music theory and early polyphony has been important in providing the basis for a new understanding of principles of composition in the Middle Ages, particularly those connected with tonal order....

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