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Walter Robert

Walter Robert

Tenure at the School of Music (1947-1975)
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              Walter Robert studied piano and composition with Franz Schmidt at the Vienna Music Academy and won the Bösendorfer prize in 1931, then taught and performed in Europe until the Nazi annexation of Austria.  Robert taught piano at North Texas University and then at the Indiana University School of Music from 1947 until his retirement in 1975.  He also held guest professorships in Florence, Bologna and Naples, Italy; at the University of Taiwan and at the Vienna Music Academy.  In 1991, Robert and his wife Dorothy were jointly awarded the Indiana Music Teachers Association award for lifetime achievement.  Robert contributed articles to the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators' Journal and was a member of the board of advisers for the journal Clavier.   A man of broad learning, Robert earned a master's degree in classical language from Indiana University after he retired from the faculty.


Who's Who in Music and Musicians' International Directory. 6th ed. New York:  Hafner Publishing Co.  Inc. 1972. 306.

"Passages: Walter Robert." Clavier 39 no. 3 (March 2000): 44.



Robert, Walter. “Zur Geschichte und Kritik der neueren Theorien über den Nystagmus der Bergleute.” Thesis (doctoral)--Universität Rostock, 1919.

_____.  Die Einwirkung des Gesetzes über die Berücksichtigung der Geldentwertung in den Steuergesetzen auf die Gesetze über die Einkommensteuer, die Körperschaftssteuer, die Vermögenssteuer, die Zwangsanleihe und die Umsatzsteuer.” Jur. Dissertation 1924.

_____.  “Das Wesen der Bausparkassen.”  Thesis Universität Köln, 1931.


Robert, Walter. From Bach to Brahms: A Musician's Journey Through Keyboard Literature. Bloomington, IN: Tichenor Pub, 1994.

_____.  Das Klavierwerk von Johannes Brahms. Wien: Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, 1997.


Robert, Walter.  “Evaluation of Chamber Music.” Music Journal  18 no.2 (1960): 18-20.

_____.  “Piano Study in Soviet-Russian Schools of Music.” Journal of Research in Music Education 12 no.3 (Fall 1964): 199-211.

_____.  “The Organization of Italian State Music Schools.” Music Educators Journal  51 no.4 (1965) 78-80, 148-158.

_____.  “Auditioning Piano Students.” Clavier 6 no.6 (1967): 45-47.

 _____.  “Conservatories of the World. I: ‘Die Akademie’.”  Piano Quarterly 81 (Spring 1973): 20-24.

_____.  “Achieving Relaxation Thru Exercises.” Clavier 7 no.6 (1973): 22-23.

_____.  “Apres une Lecture de Dante, (Fantasia quasi sonata) of Liszt.” Piano Quarterly 23 no.89 (Spring 1975): 22-27.

_____.  “Flute Clocks: Source of Timely Keyboard Music.” Clavier 16 no.9 (1977): 17-21.

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