Robert Moevs

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Robert Walter Moevs (2 December 1920 – 10 December 2007) was an American composer of contemporary classical music.[1] He was known for his highly chromatic music.


Moevs was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and served in the United States Army Air Forces as a pilot during World War II. He then received his degree from Harvard University. Moevs was a student of Walter Piston and Nadia Boulanger. He taught at Harvard University and Rutgers University. He received the Rome Prize (1952) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1962). In 1978 his Concerto Grosso was awarded the Stockhausen International Prize in Composition.[2]

His music has been performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air. His papers, including unpublished scores and recordings, are held by the Rutgers Music Library. He died in Hillsborough, New Jersey.[3][4]


Title / date Performer Label Catalog no.
Piano Sonata (1950) Joseph Bloch New World Records NWCRL136
Musica Da Camera I (1965) Contemporary Chamber Ensemble conducted by Arthur Weisberg New World Records NWCRL223
Variazioni sopra una melodia (1961) Jacob Glick / Robert Sylvester New World Records NWCRL223
A Brief Mass (1968) Kirkpatrick Chamber Choir conducted by David Drinkwater New World Records NWCRL262
Fantasia sopra un motivo (1951) Wanda Maximilien New World Records NWCRL404
Phoenix (1972) Wanda Maximilien New World Records NWCRL404
Una collana musicale (1977) (excerpts) Wanda Maximilien New World Records NWCRL404
Concerto Grosso for Piano, Percussion and Orchestra (1960 / 68) Orchestra of the 20th Century conducted by Arthur Weisberg, Wanda Maximilien soloist New World Records NWCRL457
Una collana musicale (1977) (more excerpts) Wanda Maximilien New World Records NWCRL496
Pan (1951) Karl Kraber Orion Records out of print
Saraband (1986) Jory Vinikour Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92174


  1. ^ "Robert Moevs (1920–2007)". Edward B. Marks Music. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  2. ^ Archibald and Wilson 2008.
  3. ^ Papers of Robert Moevs
  4. ^ The Robert Moevs Collection


Further reading[edit]

  • Boros, James. 1990. "The Systematic Chromaticism of Robert Moevs." Perspectives of New Music 28/1 (Winter): 294–323.
  • Boros, James. 1990. "A Conversation with Robert Moevs." Perspectives of New Music 28/1 (Winter): 324–335.
  • Boros, James. 1990. "The Evolution of Robert Moevs's Compositional Methodology." American Music 8/4 (Winter): 383–404.
  • Moevs, Robert. 1966. "Some Observations on Instruction in Music Theory." College Music Symposium 6 (Fall): 69–71.
  • Moevs, Robert. 1969. "Music and the Liturgy." Liturgical Arts 38/1 (November): 4–9.
  • Moevs, Robert. 1969. "Intervallic Procedures in Debussy." Perspectives of New Music 8/1 (Fall/Winter): 82–101.
  • Moevs, Robert. 1971. "Mannerism and Stylistic Consistency in Stravinsky." Perspectives of New Music 9/2 (10/1): 92–103.
  • Moevs, Robert, in conversation with Ellen Rosand. 1980. "Recollections—Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979)." 19th-Century Music 3/3 (March): 276–278.
  • Wilkinson, Carlton. 1997. "Robert Moevs's Heptachronon for solo cello." Perspectives of New Music 35/1 (Winter): 231–261.

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