Moevs 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 and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1962). In 1978 his Concerto Grosso was awarded the Stockhausen International Prize in Composition.
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 His papers, including unpublished scores and recordings, are held by the Rutgers Music Library.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.
- Archibald, Bruce, and Richard Wilson. 2008. "Moevs, Robert (Walter)". Grove Music Online, edited by Dean Roote (accessed 1 October 2013).
- 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): 324–35.
- 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):[page needed].
- Wilkinson, Carlton. 1997. "Robert Moevs's Heptachronon for solo cello." Perspectives of New Music 35/1 (Winter): 231–61.
- Robert Moev's page at Theodore Presser Company
- Robert Moevs biography
- A tribute to Moevs written by composer Richard Wilson
- Recordings of some works by Robert Moevs
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