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Alan Rich (June 17, 1924 – April 23, 2010[1]) was an American music critic who served on the staff of many newspapers and magazines on both coasts. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, he first studied medicine at Harvard University before turning to music. While a student at Harvard he began his career as critic, working as assistant music critic at the Boston Herald.[2]

He was music director of KPFA, the Berkeley radio station, and successively a music critic for publications including The New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, New York magazine, Newsweek, California magazine, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Opera News, and from 1992 to 2008[3] LA Weekly magazine. He subsequently worked briefly as music critic for Bloomberg News.

Rich also wrote a number of books including Music, Mirror of the Arts (1969) and So I've Heard: Notes of a Migratory Music Critic, published in 2006.

In 1990, Rich authored an innovative CD-ROM exploring Schubert's "Trout Quintet". Published by The Voyager Company, and produced by composer David Javelosa.


  1. ^ Staff and wire reports. "Two music writers with an Ojai connection die". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  2. ^ F. Paul Driscoll (July 2010). "Obituaries: critic Alan Rich". Opera News. 75 (1).
  3. ^ Alan Rich. "Alan Rich's last column for LA Weekly". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-05-27.

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