Ralph Kirkpatrick

Fellow: Awarded 1936

Field of Study: Music Research

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 06-10-1911

Died: 04-13-1984

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1935–36:


KIRKPATRICK, RALPH LEONARD:  Appointed for a study of source material for the interpretation of 17th and 18th century chamber music; tenure, twelve months from January 1, 1937.


Born June 10, 1911, at Leominster, Massachusetts.  Education:  Harvard University, A.B., 1931 (John Knowles Paine Travelling Fellowship in Music, 1931–33). Musical studies in Europe with Nadia Boulanger, Wanda Landowska, and others.


Teacher of Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1933–34, Salzburg Mozarteum Academy, and at the Dalcroze School of Music, New York, 1934–36; Instructor in Music, 1935–36, Music School of the Henry Street Settlement, New York. Harpsichord and clavichord performances in the United States and Europe since 1933.


Publications:  Harpsichord Part Realized from the Figured Bass for Six Madrigals of Walter Porter, 1934.



Brother: Clifford Kirkpatrick, Guggenheim Fellow in Sociology, 1936