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Anthony Newcomb, 1941-2018

Friday, November 30, 2018   (2 Comments)
AMS Honorary Member Anthony Newcomb died on 18 November. 


John Koster says...
Posted Thursday, December 6, 2018
Professor Newcomb joined the Harvard music faculty in 1968, my sophomore year, so I must be among his oldest students. He taught the basic music history courses for undergraduate concentrators and introduced me to musicology when, the next year, I took his seminar on musica ficta. At the first meeting he wrote "MGG = fount of all knowledge" on the blackboard. (What would one write today?) A paper for that course led to the subject of my senior thesis, for which Professor Newcomb was my advisor. I owe him enormously for sharing his learning, for his patience and understanding in mentoring a mere undergraduate, and for the superb introduction to the processes of historical musicology. Although we had not been in touch for nearly fifty years, I have always remembered him warmly and deeply regret his death.
Andrew Dell'Antonio says...
Posted Friday, November 30, 2018
Flagging here a tribute by Laurie Stras on the Musica Secreta site: And adding a comment I posted on social media: Tony was my doctoral advisor. He was generous and kind, and always thoughtful and encouraging; I learned a great deal from him both intellectually and ethically. We had not kept in touch much in recent years but every time we crossed paths he was eager to share a smile and a conversation about our continuing intersection of interests. I will remember the privilege of working with him and hold his memory in my heart for a blessing.