Death of an early musicologist

Death of an early musicologist


norman lebrecht

November 11, 2015

We are sad to report the death of Theodore Cyrus (Ted) Karp, an expert on medieval monophony and a prolific contributor to New Grove.

Ted, who was 89, was a well-liked professor at UC Davis and Northwestern, where he became department chair. Unusually for a medieval musicologist, he was a devoutly religious Jew.

Here’s a riff from one of his students.

ted karp (with bonnie blackburn)

(pictured in 2009 with Bonnie Blackburn)


  • Joel Cohen says:

    As I recall he was a student of, and then collaborator with, the great medieval-Renaissance scholar Gustave Reese.