Richard Toop, Musicologist, Dies Aged 71

It is with sadness that we note the death on 19 June of the musicologist Richard Toop. Born in Chichester in 1945, he worked as Stockhausen’s teaching assistant at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Cologne (1973–4) before moving to Australia in 1975 to take up a position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He remained in Australia until his death, where he was a much admired and influential teacher and new music advocate. Internationally, he is best known for his writings on Stockhausen, Ferneyhough (including his Collected Writings, which he co-edited with James Boros), Ligeti, and ‘New Complexity’, a term that he is often (erroneously) credited with having coined in a famous 1988 article ‘Four Facets of “The New Complexity”’ for the journal Contact.

It is with sadness that we note the death on 19 June of the musicologist Richard Toop. Born in Chichester in 1945, he worked as Stockhausen’s teaching assistant at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Cologne (1973–4) before moving to Australia in 1975 to take up a position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He remained in Australia until his death, where he was a much admired and influential teacher and new music advocate. Internationally, he is best known for his writings on Stockhausen, Ferneyhough (including his Collected Writings, which he co-edited with James Boros), Ligeti, and ‘New Complexity’, a term that he is often (erroneously) credited with having coined in a famous 1988 article ‘Four Facets of “The New Complexity”’ for the journal Contact.

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