Robert Pascall (born Colwyn Bay, 1944) studied music with John Caldwell, Egon Wellesz and Sir Jack Westrup at Oxford, where he was organ scholar at Keble College. 1968-1998 he taught at the University of Nottingham, for the last ten of those years as Professor and Head of Music. The primary strands of his university teaching were analysis, 19th-century history, and editorial techniques; several of his former postgraduate students have gone on to teach at universities in Britain, Canada and America. He was instrumental in raising funds to build the new departmental building, including the Djanogly Recital Hall, and he superintended the design and completion of the project, which opened in 1994. In 1998 he took up the post of Professor and Head of Music at Bangor University, retiring in 2005. After this, he first held a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship, and then, from 2007, he rejoined the staff at Nottingham as a part-time professor, finally retiring in 2011. He is Emeritus Professor at Nottingham and Bangor.
He was Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal Music Analysis 1989-2002, thereafter joining the Advisory Panel, and he served two elected terms as President of the Society for Music Analysis, 1996-2000. In 2009 he was named Honorary Member of the Royal Musical Association and Honorary Professor of Music Philology at the University of Cambridge (see www.mus.cam.ac.uk/people for a mug-shot!). He has written historical and analytical studies of music from Bach to Schoenberg, with special interest in Brahms. He was Vice-chair of the new Brahms Complete Edition 1991-2011, and is now on its Advisory Board. For this Edition he has edited the symphonies, including Brahms's own arrangements of them for two pianos, four hands, and for one piano, four hands. He is Corresponding Director of the American Brahms Society. He has worked on historically informed performance of Brahms's orchestral music with Thomas Dausgaard, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Roger Norrington, among others. Although now fully retired, he is always very pleased to take part in departmental activities and to discuss projects and ideas informally with students and colleagues.
19th-century music history
editorial theory and practice
the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Franz Schmidt, Schoenberg, Wagner