Scope and Content
Title: Richard Lincoln Crocker Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1967-1994
Collection number: ARCHIVES CROCKER 1
Crocker, Richard L.
Extent: Number of containers: 2 cartons, 1 document box
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Richard Lincoln Crocker Papers, ARCHIVES CROCKER 1, Music
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Richard (Lincoln) Crocker (b. Roxbury, Massachusettes, 17 February 1927). Musicologist.
He graduated from Yale College (BA 1950) and completed the doctorate under Leo Schrade in
1957 with a dissertation on the Limoges prosae. After teaching at Yale (1955-63), he was
assistant professor (1963-7), associate professor (1967-71), and full professor (1971-94)
at the University of California, Berkeley. He became known for his independent ideas in
A History of Musical Style (1966) and in his article,
The Troping Hypothesis
(Musical Quarterly, 1966),
for which he was awarded the Einstein Prize by the American Musicological Society. In
1969 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work at Berkeley in developing methods for
teaching non-musicians is embodied in
Listening to Music (with Ann Basart,
1971). Crocker's major scholarly contribution, however, is to the history and analysis of
the medieval sequence, culminating in
The Early Medieval Sequence (1977).
His work on music theory and early polyphony has been important in providing the basis
for a new understanding of principles of composition in the Middle Ages, particularly
those connected with tonal order.
(Philip Brett -
The New Grove Dictionary of
Scope and Content
This is a collection of transcriptions of sequences done by Richard Crocker's students
throughout the years. The sequences are taken from two sources:
Corpus Troporium(ML3080.C791) and
Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi, vols.
53-55 (BV468.A6). There are about 1400 manuscripts in the collection.
There is only one series in this collection. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically
by title. Each transcription identifies the source of the manuscripts with the manuscript
call number of the owning library or archive.