William S. Newman
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1945 he taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is best remembered for his three volume History of the Sonata Idea, a study of the term "sonata" comprising The Sonata in the Baroque Era, The Sonata in the Classical Era, and The Sonata Since Beethoven. He also wrote on performance practice.
His textbook, Understanding Music, is perhaps the most thoroughgoing text on music appreciation in the English language. "Thoroughgoing" is a word he would have used.
Newman was initiated as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia by the Alpha Rho chapter in May, 1963.
Newman died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
A concert series at UNC-Chapel Hill is named in his honor. His intense interests extended from pugilism (specifically, boxing), to hands-on involvement with sports cars, and, of course, the Chopin Etudes and the Beethoven Sonatas. Pianists should read his "The Pianist's Problems".
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