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List of famous musicologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top musicologists in the world? This includes the most prominent musicologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable musicologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic musicologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned musicologists.

Items on this list include Ottorino Respighi and Michael Nyman.

From reputable, prominent, and well known musicologists to the lesser known musicologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the musicologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous musicologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous musicologists?" then you're in the right place. (190 items)

Ottorino Respighi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer, musicologist and conductor. He is best known for his orchestral music, particularly the three Roman tone poems: Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, and ...more

Colin McPhee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Colin McPhee was a Canadian composer and musicologist. He is primarily known for being the first Western composer to make an ethnomusicological study of Bali, and for the quality of that work. ...more

Paul Henry Lang is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Paul Henry Lang
Paul Henry Lang was a Hungarian-American musicologist and music critic. Lang was born in Budapest, Hungary, and was educated in Catholic schools. In 1918, as World War I was coming to an end, he ...more

Alan Lomax is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Alan Lomax was one of the great American field collectors of folk music of the 20th century. He was also a folklorist, ethnomusicologist, archivist, writer, scholar, political activist, oral ...more

Alain Daniélou is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Alain Daniélou was a French historian, intellectual, musicologist, Indologist, and a noted Western convert to and expert on Shaivite Hinduism. In 1991, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak ...more

Christopher Hogwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood CBE was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music, he was an authority on ...more

Michael Nyman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane ...more

Mickey Hart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Mickey Hart is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band, The Grateful Dead. He was a member of the Grateful Dead from September ...more

Olly W. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Olly Woodrow Wilson, Jr. is a prominent American composer of contemporary classical music, pianist, double bassist, and musicologist. He is one of the preeminent living composers of African ...more

Boris Asafyev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
B. V. Asafʹev is a composer.

H. Wiley Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Hugh Wiley Hitchcock was an American musicologist. He is best known for founding the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1971. The ...more

Theodor W. Adorno is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Theodor W. Adorno was a German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work ...more

Denis Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Denis Stevens
Denis William Stevens CBE was a British musicologist specialising in early music, conductor, professor of music and radio producer. He was born in High Wycombe and attended the Royal Grammar ...more

Victor Kofi Agawu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Victor Kofi Agawu
Victor Kofi Agawu, who publishes as V. Kofi Agawu or more often simply as Kofi Agawu, is a music scholar from the Volta Region of Ghana. Agawu attended Presbyterian Boys' Secondary School at ...more

Richard Crawford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Richard Crawford
Richard Crawford is an American music historian, formerly a professor of music at the University of Michigan. His American Musical Landscape is one of the seminal works of American music ...more

Eric Sams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Eric Sams
Eric Sams was a British musicologist and Shakespeare scholar. Born in London, he was raised in Essex; his early brilliance in school earned him a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge ...more

Leo Treitler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Leo Treitler
Leo Treitler is an American musicologist born in Dortmund, Germany, and is Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Treitler studied at the University ...more

Jorge Grundman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Jorge Grundman
Jorge Grundman Isla is a Spanish classical composer, musicologist, musician and professor who has helped to recover the music of Robert Kahn and Adalbert Gyrowetz among others through the ...more

Michel Philippot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Michel Paul Philippot was a French composer, mathematician, acoustician, musicologist, aesthetician, broadcaster, and educator.

Otto Kinkeldey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Otto Kinkeldey
Otto Kinkeldey was an American music librarian and musicologist. He was the first president of the American Musicological Society and held the first chair in musicology at any American ...more

Barry Cooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Barry Cooper is an English musicologist, composer, organist, Beethoven scholar, and editor of the Beethoven Compendium.

Lawrence Kramer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Lawrence Kramer
Lawrence Kramer is an American musicologist and composer. His academic work is closely associated with the humanistic, culturally oriented New Musicology, now more often referred to as cultural ...more

Heinrich Besseler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Heinrich Besseler
Heinrich Besseler was a German musicologist born in Hörde, Germany. He is particularly known for his colossal work, Die Musik des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, which provided a new ...more

Mykola Lysenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko was a Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor and ethnomusicologist.

Charles Seeger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Charles Louis Seeger, Jr. was a musicologist, composer, and teacher. He was the father of the American folk singer Pete Seeger.