FORTE, ALLEN Allen Forte, born on December 23, 1926 in Portland, Oregon, passed peacefully in his Connecticut home on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. During World War II he served in the American Navy from 1944 to 1946 on the U.S.S. General Butner in the Pacific. Thanks to the G.I. bill he attended Columbia University where he received his masters and doctorate and taught at Teachers College. He also taught at M.I.T., at Harvard University, and at Yale University, where during forty four and half years he advised seventy two Ph.D students as Battell Professor of the Theory of Music and Music Theory, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. He has earned critical acclaim with twelve scholarly books and one hundred articles. THE STRUCTURE OF ATONAL MUSIC ranks as one of the most important contributions to music theory in the twentieth century. His use of the computer as well as traditional means of analysis has led to fuller knowledge of musical structure and thereby enhanced both the understanding and the enjoyment of music. He is survived by his wife concert pianist Madeleine Forte, her sons, and her grandchildren. Memorial Military Service will be hold on SATURDAY, October 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veteran’s Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown, CT.
Published in The New Haven Register from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2014.