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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 113


Manuscript scores of the American theorist, composer, musician and Walter W. Baumberg Professor of Music at Harvard University.


  • 1955-1991

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.


1 box

The collection contains copies of manuscript scores.

Biographical / Historical

David Lewin. (b. New York, 2 July 1933; d. Boston, 5 May 2003). American theorist, composer, musician, and Walter W. Baumberg Professor of Music at Harvard University. He studied mathematics at Harvard, earning an A.B. in 1954. He earned an M.F.A. at Princeton where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and theory with Milton Babbitt, and Edward T. Cone. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1961-7), SUNY, Stony Brook (1967-79), Yale (1979-85) and Harvard from 1985 and received honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago in 1995 and the New England Conservatory of Music in 2000. Considered the most original and far-ranging theorist of his generation, his writings include the books "Generalized musical intervals and transformations" (1987) and "Musical form and transformation" (2000), which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and many articles. In 1998 Harvard organized a symposium in his honor on the Schönberg string quartets. His compositions include works for solo piano, solo voice, chamber music ensembles, chamber orchestra and full orchestra.

Physical Location

Merritt Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of June K. Lewin.
Lewin, David, 1933-2003. Collection of musical scores: Guide
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Loeb Music Library Repository

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