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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 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 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 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 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 Hogwood 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 Nyman 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 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 W. Wilson 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
Boris Asafyev B. V. Asafʹev is a composer.

H. Wiley Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
H. Wiley Hitchcock 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 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 Philippot 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 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 Lysenko 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 Seeger Charles Louis Seeger, Jr. was a musicologist, composer, and teacher. He was the father of the American folk singer Pete Seeger.

Herbert Eimert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Herbert Eimert Herbert Eimert was a German music theorist, musicologist, journalist, music critic, editor, radio producer, and composer.

Hans Gal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Hans Gal Hans Gál OBE was an Austrian-British composer, teacher and author.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Nikolaus Harnoncourt Nikolaus Harnoncourt is an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier. Starting out as a classical cellist, he ...more

Carl Dahlhaus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Carl Dahlhaus Carl Dahlhaus, a musicologist from Berlin, was one of the major contributors to the development of musicology as a scholarly discipline during the post-war era. Dahlhaus was born in Hanover. His ...more

Maury Yeston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Maury Yeston Maury Yeston is an American composer, lyricist, educator and musicologist. He is known for writing the music and lyrics to Broadway musicals, including Nine in 1982, and Titanic in 1997, both of ...more

David Osmond-Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
David Osmond-Smith David Osmond-Smith (27 December 1946 - 31 May 2007) was a leading British musicologist, author, and academic. Born in Worthing, West Sussex, he was educated at Magdalen College school, Oxford ...more

Gian Francesco Malipiero is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Gian Francesco Malipiero Gian Francesco Malipiero was an Italian composer, musicologist, music teacher and editor.

Anton Pann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Anton Pann Anton Pann, was an Ottoman-born Wallachian composer, musicologist, and Romanian-language poet, also noted for his activities as a printer, translator, and schoolteacher. Pann was an influential ...more

Alan Walker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Alan Walker Alan Walker, FRSC is an English-Canadian musicologist and university professor best known as a biographer and scholar of composer Franz Liszt.

Ron Wiecki is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Musicologists

François-Joseph Fétis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
François-Joseph Fétis François-Joseph Fétis was a Belgian musicologist, composer, teacher, and one of the most influential music critics of the 19th century. His enormous compilation of biographical ...more

Marc Pincherle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Marc Pincherle Marc Pincherle was born in Constantine on June 13, 1888 and died in Paris on June 20, 1974. A French musicologist, music critic and violinist, he was the pupil of Louis Laloy, André Pirro ...more

Erkki Salmenhaara is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Erkki Salmenhaara Erkki Olavi Salmenhaara was a Finnish composer and musicologist.

Sergei Slonimsky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Sergei Slonimsky Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky is a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and musicologist.

Stanley Sadie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Stanley Sadie Stanley John Sadie, CBE was an influential and prolific British musicologist, music critic, and editor. He was editor of the sixth edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which ...more

Guerino Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Guerino Mazzola Guerino Mazzola is a Swiss mathematician, musicologist, jazz pianist as well as book writer. He graduated at the University of Zürich in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Crystallography ...more

John Lomax is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
John Lomax John Avery Lomax was an American teacher, a pioneering musicologist and folklorist who did much for the preservation of American folk songs. He was father to John Avery Lomax, Jr. and to Alan ...more

Roman Vlad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Roman Vlad Roman Vlad was an Italian composer, pianist, and musicologist of Romanian birth. Born in Cernauti, Bukovina, he studied with Titus Tarnawski and Liviu Russu in Romania earning a piano diploma. ...more

Mário de Andrade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Mário de Andrade Mário Raul de Morais Andrade was a Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian and critic, and photographer. One of the founders of Brazilian modernism, he virtually created ...more

Myroslav Skoryk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Myroslav Skoryk M. Skorik is a compser.

Wim Mertens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Wim Mertens Wim Mertens is a Flemish Belgian composer, countertenor vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and musicologist.

Curt Sachs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Curt Sachs Curt Sachs was a German-born but American-domiciled musicologist. He was one of the founders of modern organology, and is probably best remembered today for co-authoring the Sachs-Hornbostel ...more

Richard Taruskin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Richard Taruskin Richard Taruskin is an American musicologist, music historian, and critic who has written about the theory of performance, Russian music, 15th-century music, 20th-century music, nationalism, the ...more

Mosco Carner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Mosco Carner Mosco Carner was an Austrian-born British musicologist, conductor and critic. He wrote on a wide range of music subjects, but was particularly known for his studies on the life and works of the ...more

Joseph Kerman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Musicologists
Joseph Kerman Joseph Wilfred Kerman was an American critic and musicologist. One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his 1985 book Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology was described by ...more