Archibald Thompson Davison

Archibald Thompson Davison ( born October 11, 1883 in Boston, † February 6, 1961 in Brant rock ) was an American musicologist, music educator and choral conductor.

Davison studied at Harvard with John Knowles Paine and earned the first Ph.D. in 1906, which was awarded by an American university with a thesis on Claude Debussy. From 1909 until his retirement in 1954 Davison taught music at Harvard University. In addition, he was from 1910 to 1940 the organist and choir director of the university- and led from 1919 to 1934 the Harvard Glee Club.

His most important work was created in collaboration with Willi Apel two-volume Historical Anthology of Music, which appeared in 1949-50. His involvement with the American church music is reflected in writings such as Protestant Church Music in America ( 1933) and Church Music: Illusion and Reality (1952 ) resist. Furthermore, Davison wrote the textbooks Choral Conducting and The Technique of Choral Composition and published collections of choral works and songs like The Concord anthem book (2 volumes), The Harvard University Hymn Book and A Book of Songs.


  • John Ogasapian: " Church Music in America, 1620-2000 ", Mercer University Press, 2007, ISBN 9780881460261, pp. 248-251
  • "The Harvard University Hymn Book", Harvard University Press, 1964, ISBN 9780674380004, p 288
  • LibraryThing - Archibald T. Davison (1883-1961)
  • Man
  • Born in 1883
  • Died in 1961
  • Musicologist
  • Music teacher
  • Choirmaster