Wednesday, January 15, 2020
A member of the AMS since the mid-1960s, Richard Wexler passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019 (readers will recall that his wife, Laura Youens, died this past July).
Having completed a dissertation on Johannes Prioris at New York University in 1974, Richard made a distinguished contribution to fifteenth-century studies when he collaborated with Dragan Plamenac on the AMS-supported edition of Jean Ockegem’s motets and secular songs (1992). More recently, he published Antoine Bruhier: Life and Works of a Renaissance Papal Composer (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), and was lately working on an edition of the Laborde Chansonnier.
Richard was also well versed in the history of jazz, on which he offered courses at the University of Maryland, where he taught from 1976 to 2014, and where he rounded out his research and teaching by performing with both early music and jazz ensembles.
Left to grieve twice in a matter of just a few weeks, friends of both Laura and Richard will commemorated their lives in fall 2019.