Born in England, Michael Musgrave graduated in piano and organ from the Royal College of Music, and subsequently studied musicology at the University of London, where he gained First Class Honors, and taught for many years, retiring in 1997 as Emeritus Professor of Music. He now resides in New York City and is on the graduate faculty of the Juilliard School.
His field of research is 19th and early 20th century German music, and English concert life in the same period. His doctorial thesis was on Schoenberg’s relationship to the music of Brahms. He is author and editor of six books on Brahms, including a complete study of the music, ‘The Music of Brahms’ (1985, rev. 1994), ‘Brahms: A German Requiem’ (1996), ‘The Cambridge Companion to Brahms’ (1999), ‘A Brahms Reader’ (2000) and (with Bernard D. Sherman) ‘Performing Brahms. Early Evidence of Performance Style’ (2003), with a CD of historical recordings. The latter won the 2003 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Best Research in Recorded Classical Music. His ‘Life of Schumann’ was published by Cambridge University Press.
In English music, he is author of ‘The Musical Life of the Crystal Palace’ (1995), and of a recent centenary assessment of Sir George Grove, the founder of ‘Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians’: ‘George Grove, Music and Victorian Culture’ (2003). He has edited the ‘Liebeslieder Waltzes’ of Brahms for Edition Peters and Carus Verlag, and is a member of the Trägerverein of the ‘Johannes Brahms Gesamtasugabe’, for which he has edited the two orchestral serenades op.11 and op.16, two Brahms overtures, and the German Requiem. His edition of the Schumann Piano Concerto appeared from Peters in 2008.
Musgrave has contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, 2001, and The Dictionary of National Biography. He has contributed many chapters, articles, conference papers and reviews in these fields, including reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, and has lectured widely, in the USA, UK and Germany, and also at the Sorbonne, Paris, the Universidad de Alcalá and Centre Cultural, Barcelona. He was first Reviews Editor of Music Analysis from 1982-1987 and is a member of its Advisory Board. He received the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2005.
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