Biography and History

Edward T. Cone was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 4, 1917. He earned a B.A. and a M.F.A. from Princeton University, studying under Roger Sessions, and afterward held a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton. In 1947, he joined the faculty, teaching music history, theory, and composition until 1985. Additionally, he was an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large for Cornell University from 1979 until 1983. His other awards and distinctions include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Old Dominion Fellowship at Princeton, an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Princeton.

Cone's musical compositions include a symphony and music for piano, voice, chorus, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. In addition to these works, he wrote several books: Musical Form and Musical Performance (1968), The Composer's Voice (1974), and Music: A View From Delft (1989).

Edward T. Cone died in Princeton on October 23, 2004.

Source: From the finding aid for C1027