Michael Musgrave was born in the U.K. He is a specialist in German music of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the social history of British music in the same period. He has written and edited six books on Brahms including analytical, documentary and biographical studies, and is the author of The Musical Life of the Crystal Palace; George Grove, Music and Victorian Culture; and The Life of Schumann. He has also written chapters, articles, reviews, and papers (including translations into German and French) and has contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 2 and The Dictionary of National Biography.
Musgrave is a former faculty member at Goldsmiths College, a lecturer at King’s College (London) and Royal Holloway College (London) Universidad de Alcalá (Barcelona), and Centre Cultural (Barcelona). He has been an emeritus professor of music at Goldsmiths College and a visiting research fellow at the Royal College of Music since 1997, and, in 2005, was made a Fellow, Royal College of Music. He was the reviews editor for Music Analysis from 1982-87 and a member of its advisory board from 1988-present. He has done work on critical musical editions of music by Brahms and Schumann that have been published by Henle, Carus, and Peters.
Musgrave studied music education and performance (organ and piano) at the University of London’s Royal College of Music and Institute of Education and studied musicology privately with F.W. Sternfeld and John Caldwell (Oxford).
He has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2004.