- Guggenheim Fellow (1978)
A. Peter Brown received his Bachelor of Music degree in French horn performance, his master's, and his Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University. Before beginning at IU, he taught at the University of Hawaii. He served as a member of the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at IU Bloomington from 1974 until his death in 2003. Brown was recommended for tenure in 1978 and was promoted from associate professor to professor in 1981. At the time of his death, he was professor and chairperson of the Department of Musicology.
Brown is most widely recognized for his research on composer Franz Josef Haydn. Brown wrote and co-authored several books on the composer and the critical score for Die Schopfung (The Creation). The Creation is an oratorio (a large-scale musical work for orchestra and voices) written by Haydn between 1797 and 1798. Brown is also recognized for his four-volume series, Symphonic Repertoire, which was completed by his colleagues following his death.
Brown was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978 for music research and took a leave of absence from IU for the 1978-1979 academic year.
Brown passed away in Bloomington in March 2003. The A. Peter Brown and Carol V. Brown Research Travel Fund at IU was set up by the Brown family to support research travel for graduate students in musicology.