Musicology [Joseph Kerman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the art music–with which musicology is tradtionally equated–but also sometimes. As a writer, the American musicologist Joseph Kerman, who has died aged 89, brought the highest standards of scholarly rigour and precision.

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Described in The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as “a defining moment in the field”, [1] the book has been credited as helping to shape a ” new musicology ” that is willing to engage with feminist theoryhermeneuticsqueer studiesand post-structuralism. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

As a writer, the American musicologist Joseph Kerman, who has died aged 89, brought the highest standards of scholarly rigour and precision to his chosen musical specialisms. Opera and the Morbidity of Music is a collection of essays for the general reader that points to the falseness of the recurring belief that classical music is about to die: Kerman sees and applauds a change in the study of music towarda critical orientation, As examples, he presents a fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the ‘s and Beethoven studies in the ‘s.

Kerman’s self-image of his role, which continued until”was that of a generalist, at home with all of classical music, including of course contemporary music — the mode was descriptive and evaluative, often enthusiastic and often judgmental”.

Bukofzer, professor on the Berkeley music faculty from until his premature death inwas another important influence on him. Stephen Callan rated muscology really liked it Aug 23, Uoseph died at his home in Berkeley on March 17, One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: March Short pages 6 x 9 inches North America only.


Inhe was appointed Heather Professor of Music at Oxford Universitya post he held untilwhen he returned to Berkeley and again became chairman of the music department from until his retirement in Kerman, the son of an American journalist, was born in London and educated at University College School there.

Contemplating Music

Meanwhile, his teaching career flourished. BookDB marked it as to-read Oct 30, His insistence that musicologu methods of musicology should serve the ends of criticism, first expressed in the article A Profile for American Musicologywas equally controversial. Harvard University Press- Music – pages.

Harvard University Press Amazon. And he comments on such jospeh subjects as the amazing absorption of Stephen Foster’s songs into the cannons of “black” music, the new intensity of Verdi research, controversies about performance on historical instruments, and the merits and demerits of “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He continued to work on Elizabethan music, producing an outstanding study for the New York Review of Books of Byrd’s peculiar status as a Roman Catholic serving a Protestant regime.

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Joseph Kerman obituary

Grunde Waag rated it liked it Sep 05, He treats not only the study of the history of Western art music—with which musicology is traditionally equated—but also sometimes vexed relations between music history and other fields: With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in Unlike many of his colleagues, Kerman was convinced that thinking and writing about music was too important to be left to academics.


Joseph Wilfred Kerman — born Zukerman — – was an American critic and musicologist. After a spell at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton but part of Rider Universityhe moved to the University of California, Berkeley, rising to professor in He sketches the work of prominent scholars and theorists: Rkq added it Jan 24, But his earlier voice as a critic was not abandoned — it resurfaced in The Beethoven Quartets which, as Kerman remarked, “was loved and hated in about equal measure”.

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Musicology by Joseph Kerman

In the last forty years musicology has become a flourishing academic discipline and has impressed itself upon every musician and music lover. He is survived by another son, Peter, a daughter, Lucy, and a brother, the bassoonist George Zukerman.

Kerman served in the U. Even though he retired in after 43 years on the UC Berkeley faculty, he remained active in musicological circles for many years thereafter.

He kermab challenged conventional musicological assumptions across his more than half-century career in an attempt to stimulate more profound academic discussion about music in the discipline. Together they hosted opera singalongs, elegant dinners, and dance parties at which Joe played jazz piano, enjoyed gardening, dog shows, and shared political intrigue.