Robert Stevenson

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Stevenson, Robert Murrell
July 03,1916 - December 22,2012
Robert Murrell Stevenson, one of the leading music scholars of the twentieth century and a preeminent figure in Latin American and Iberian research, died of natural causes on December 22, 2012, in Santa Monica. A longtime professor of musicology at UCLA, as well as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America, he was an extraordinarily prolific author of books, articles, editions, reference entries, and reviews, as well as the founder/editor of the groundbreaking journal Inter-American Music Review. Born on July 3, 1916, in Melrose, New Mexico, was raised in El Paso, Texas, earning his bachelor's at the University of Texas. His subsequent training resulted in degrees from Julliard, Yale, Eastman, Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, and studies in composition, piano, and musicology with Stravinsky, Schnabel, and Schrade, Hanson, among others. During World War II he served as Army Captain and Chaplain. He began teaching at UCLA in 1949 and soon established his scholarly reputation with seminal books such as Music in Mexico (1952), Spanish Cathedral Music of the Golden Age (1961), and Music in Aztec and Inca Territory (1968). He authored twenty-nine books and hundreds of scholarly articles. An accomplished composer and pianist, Stevenson wrote pieces for piano, chamber groups, choir, and symphony orchestra. He was the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, and Ford Foundation fellowships and grants, and he was an honorary member of several scholarly societies. Stevenson was an exceptional mentor as well as researcher and guided twenty-five dissertations. Though he will be sorely missed by innumerable friends, admirers, colleagues, and students, his seminal work will continue to serve as a shining and spiritual beacon for music scholars everywhere. A tribute later this year in his honor. For more information: or email Steven Loza Eric DiLauro
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 11, 2013
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