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Edward Cohen papers

Identifier: MC-0701

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the activities of Edward Cohen and spans the years of approximately 1970 to 2000. Materials include scores, sketches, and reel-to-reel tapes.


  • approximately 1970-2000


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This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Edward Cohen (1940-2002) was a composer, performer, and senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Cohen received his BA in music from Brandeis University in 1961 and his MA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965. He taught at Brandeis for 13 years in addition to lecturing at Harvard University before he taught at MIT in 1977. (1) He was promoted to senior lecturer in 1982. Cohen was an active composer, creating many pieces ranging from freestyle jazz to full length operas. His pieces have been performed in locations such as the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA (2) and the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where Cohen guest lectured on New Music. (3) He remained active at MIT until his passing in 2002.

1. MIT News. “Composer, Performer, Lecturer Edward Cohen Dies at Age 61.” Accessed July 20, 2020.

2. Office of the President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Report of the President 1982-1983,” 1983.

3. ———. “Reports to the President for the Year Ended June 30, 1998,” 1998.


13 Cubic Feet (13 record cartons, 1 oversize folder)

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Revision Statements

  • July 20, 2020: Biographical note by Ashlynn August added. Standard notes added - location, citation, conditions governing use.
  • 2021 August 4: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements and to remove aggrandizing terms in the biographical note description.

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