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date: 28 September 2020

Grout, Donald J(ay)locked

  • Gaynor G. Jones
  • , revised by Claude V. Palisca


(b Rock Rapids, IA, Sept 28, 1902; d Skaneateles, NY, March 9, 1987). American musicologist. He graduated from Syracuse University with the AB in philosophy in 1923. After a short period of study of theology and positions as organist and choir director, he began postgraduate study in music at Harvard University, receiving the degrees of AM (1932) and PhD (1939). From 1933 to 1935, as a John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellow, he studied in France, Germany and Austria with Gérold, Prod'homme and R.M. Haas; it was A.T. Davison and Otto Kinkeldey at Harvard, however, who most influenced him. After a visiting appointment at Mills College (1935–6), Grout taught at Harvard as assistant (1936–9) and instructor (1940–42). He was appointed associate professor at the University of Texas in 1942 and in 1945 became professor at Cornell University; he held the Given Foundation Chair of Musicology there from ...

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