Martha Novak Clinkscale (1933-2010) was a musicologist and professor of
piano performance. She was trained at the University of Louisville, Yale
University, and completed a PhD in Musicology from the University of
Minnesota. She taught at the University of California, Riverside
(1979-96) and at Southern Methodist University (1998-2004).
She is best known for her important work creating and
continuously building “Early Pianos 1720-1860: A Computerized Relational
Database.” Her two books, Makers of the Piano 1700-1820 and
Makers of the Piano 1820-1860 were published by Oxford University
Press in 1993 and 1999 respectively.
Martha is also remembered for her capable editorship of the Journal of
the American Musical Instrument Society (1993-96) and her
service on the AMIS Board of Governors. She also served the Southeast
Historical Keyboard Society as treasurer (2004-8).
Martha Clinkscale's legacy continues
with the website EarlyPianos.org, where the piano database she started
remains active as an online resource.
— John R. Watson