Edward Aldwell

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Edward Aldwell
Born(1938-01-30)January 30, 1938
Portland, Oregon
DiedMay 28, 2006(2006-05-28) (aged 68)
Valhalla, New York
Occupation(s)Pianist, music theorist, pedagogue

Edward Aldwell (January 30, 1938 in Portland, Oregon – May 28, 2006 in Valhalla, New York) was an American pianist, music theorist and pedagogue.

He was particularly renowned for his Bach interpretations, and he recorded several albums, most notably the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach for Nonesuch, and Bach's French Suites for Hanssler Classics. He taught at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.[1]

As a theorist, he was an expert in Schenkerian analysis, and he was the co-author (with Carl Schachter) of one of the standard theory textbooks used throughout the United States, Harmony and Voice Leading (first published in 1979).[2] While driving an all-terrain vehicle, on May 7, 2006, near his country home in Kerhonkson, New York, he suffered serious injuries when it overturned. He died from those injuries in Valhalla, New York, three weeks later.[3]


  1. ^ Stephen Miller (31 May 2006). "Edward Aldwell, 68, Master of Bach Keyboard". The New York Sun.
  2. ^ Aldwell, Edward; Schachter, Carl (2003), Harmony and Voice Leading (3 ed.), Australia, United States: Thomson/Schirmer, ISBN 0-15-506242-5, OCLC 50654542 LCC MT50 A444 2003
  3. ^ Daniel J. Wakin (3 June 2006). "Edward Aldwell, 68, Pianist and Teacher of Music Theory, Is Dead". The New York Times.

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