An enterprising musicologist, widely missed

An enterprising musicologist, widely missed


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2016

We have belatedly been notified of the death in June – unreported in other media – of Philip Nelson, Dean of the Yale School of Music from 1970 to 1980. He was 88.

Chair of the music department at SUNY Binghamton until he became Dean at Yale, Philip turned a dusty faculty into an enterprising one. He appointed Krzysztof Penderecki, Otto-Werner Mueller and Claude Frank as teachers, adding the Tokyo String Quartet as artists-in-residence.

He founded Music at Yale and was forever open to ideas that enabled music and scholarship to reach a wide public.


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