Digital Collection Spotlight – Robert Moevs Audio Archive
The Robert Moevs Audio Archive consists of nearly 200 recordings of pieces by Robert Moevs (1920–2007) and his associates. Digitized from reel-to-reel and cassette tapes to preserve the material while making it more easily accessible, clips for each piece are available to anyone, and the complete audio can be accessed from computers in Douglass Library.
An accomplished composer and beloved teacher, Moevs served on the faculty of Rutgers University from 1964 to 1991, and as chair of the Music Department from 1974 to 1981. His accolades include fellowships, residencies, and awards from the American Academy in Rome; Guggenheim; the National Institute of Arts and Sciences; the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; and the Stockhausen International Prize in Composition. The creator of a rich body of orchestral, chamber, vocal and instrumental music, Moevs's work received major performances by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony, and Leonard Bernstein and Symphony of the Air. He was also a revered professor whose students include Richard Wilson at Vassar College and Judith Shatin at the University of Virginia.
The archive ensures the preservation of the composer’s music and the style he represents for generations to come. Modernist composers sought to challenge and expand the horizons of the listener; as teachers, they significantly impacted the scholarly study of music. Digitization was possible thanks to the Moevs endowment, which generously supports conferences and concerts on twentieth-century modernist music.
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