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Biography

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Donald Jay Grout was a professor of musicology at Cornell, where he held the Given Foundation Chair of Musicology from 1962-1970. Grout is best known for his widely used textbook A History of Western Music . An expert in opera, he also wrote A Short History of Opera and organized the first published editions of several operas by Alessandro Scarlatti. Grout received his AB in philosophy from Syracuse University in 1923 before matriculating at Harvard. After studies in Europe with Gerold, Prod'homme and R.M. Haas, he received his PhD from Harvard in 1939, and was appointed associate professor at the University of Texas in 1942. In 1945, Grout became professor at Cornell University. He remained at Cornell until his retirement, with the exception of visiting professorships at Carleton College (1955), the University of Utrecht (1959 - 60) and the University of California at Berkeley (1975 - 6). Grout served as president of the American Musicological Society (1952 - 4; 1960 - 62), and was the recipient of many awards, including Fulbright and Guggenheim research fellowships (Italy, 1951 - 2), Fulbright fellowships (Utrecht, 1959 - 60; Belgium, 1965 - 6), the Archibald Thompson Davison Medal for Musicology (1962), and the George Arents Pioneer Medal from Syracuse University (1965).