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Donald Jay Grout

Donald Jay Grout (Sept. 28, 1902 - Mar. 9, 1987) was an American musicologist.

Grout attended Syracuse University and graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1923. He took his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1939. He taught at Harvard from 1936 to 1942, at the University of Texas from 1942 to 1945 and at Cornell University until 1970.

Early in his career, Grout's main body of research was in opera. After 1960 he became more interested in philosophies of music history, due in large part to his publication of a general music history textbook, A History of Western Music. This work, which has gone through seven editions as of 2008 and whose later editions were co-written by Claude Palisca and then J. Peter Burkholder after Grout's death, was the foremost English-language general history of music used in colleges and universities in the late 20th century.

Grout also performed as a pianist and organist up until the early 1950s. He served as editor of JAMS from 1948 to 1951, and was president of the American Musicological Society (1952–54, 1960–62) and the International Musicological Society (1961–64).


  • The Origins of the ‘opéra comique’ (diss., Harvard U., 1939)
  • A Short History of Opera (New York, 1947, revised 3rd edition 1988 by H.W. Williams)
  • A History of Western Music (New York, 1960, 7th ed, 2005 with J. Peter Burkholder)
  • Mozart in the History of Opera (Washington DC, 1972)
  • Principles and Practice in the Writing of Music History (Brussels: Paleis der Academiën, 1972)
  • Alessandro Scarlatti: an Introduction to his Operas (Berkeley, 1979)


Jones/Palisca. "Donald Jay Grout". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians online.

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