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Paul Rapoport (born 1948) is a Canadian musicologist, music critic, composer[1] and professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.



Rapoport was born in 1948 in Toronto, Ontario.[2] He received his bachelor's degree in linguistics and music at the University of Michigan in 1970 and his master's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1972 with a thesis on Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony. He went on to gain a doctorate at the same university in 1975, with a dissertation about Vagn Holmboe's four Symphonic Metamorphoses.

Part of the substantial collection of material related to composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji at McMaster University's library was obtained thanks to then-professor Rapoport's efforts.[3] In addition to his work on Sorabji, he has been most associated with the music of Havergal Brian, Vagn Holmboe and Allan Pettersson as well as with various aspects of microtonal music. He has made use of microtones in his own compositions, which include a set of partsongs to poems by Erica Jong. As a critic he wrote mostly for the American magazine Fanfare, but also for Tempo, the American Record Guide, and others.



  • Holmboe, Vagn (1991). Paul Rapoport (ed.). Experiencing Music: a composer's notes. Translated by Rapoport. London: Toccata Press. ISBN 0-907689-15-9.
  • Rapoport, Paul; Truscott, Harold (1978). Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony, Two Studies. Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England: The Havergal Brian Society. ISBN 0-9505185-1-4.
  • Rapoport, Paul (1979). Opus est : six composers from Northern Europe. New York: Taplinger. ISBN 0-8008-5844-1.
  • Rapoport, Paul (1987). Songs of Fruits and Vegetables (for mixed choir a cappella on poems by Erica Jong). Utrecht: Diapason Press (Corpus microtonale No. 23).
  • Rapoport, Paul, ed. (1992). Sorabji: A Critical Celebration. Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Scolar Press. ISBN 0-85967-923-3.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Rapoport, Paul (1996). The compositions of Vagn Holmboe : a catalog of works and recordings with indexes of persons and titles. Copenhagen: Wilhelm Hansen. ISBN 87-598-0813-6.



  1. ^ Rapoport (1986). Songs of Fruits and Vegetables (for mixed choir a cappella on poems by Erica Jong).
  2. ^ Rapoport (1996). The Compositions of Vagn Holmboe, About The Author: inside back cover.
  3. ^ "The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections". McMaster University Library. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2009.