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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During his time there, he published Listening, a primer in western art music for college students written in collaboration with his wife Vivian, whom he had married in Joe and Vivian designed and built an extraordinary and gracious garden, which they loved, and kept a home that welcomed and pampered all.

March Short pages 6 x 9 inches North America only. By this time, Kerman had already begun to write musical criticism for The Hudson Review, a fiercely intellectual journal, where he found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of the art critic Clement Greenberg ,usicology the literary critic Northrop Frye.

In formulating his goal of a critical musicology, Kerman’s model remained the Edinburgh professor Donald Tovey, whose Essays in Musical Analysis had first inspired him to become a musicologist.

Joseph Kerman

Professor of Musicoloogy, Emeritus. 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”.

Critical essays written by Musicoloyy from the late s to muwicology early s are collected in his book, Write All These Downwhich takes its title from a phrase in one of William Byrd’s songs. Gabriel marked it as to-read Nov 28, Tyler marked it as to-read Mar 13, He is survived by another son, Peter, a daughter, Lucy, and a brother, the bassoonist George Zukerman.

His scholarly interests broadened out to include Verdi on Strunk’s suggestion and, later, Beethoven.


From to Kerman held the Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Chair at Harvard Universitywhere he gave kerkan series of public lectures on the importance of approaching musical texts and performances via a ” close reading ” similar to that used in literary studies, a theme that was central to many of his writings.

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Joseph Kerman was preceded in death by his son Jonathan d. You may really enjoy the topic. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

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Work on the book necessitated long periods of study in Britain, musicolkgy country he enjoyed because “the general musical literacy over here is more concentrated and there’s more of it — the contact you have between music and the general public”. Views Read Edit View history. InKerman moved back to Berkeley, where he musiology until musicoloty retirement in Challenges to Musicologywhich argued that the intellectual isolation of musical theorists and musicologists and their excessively positivistic approach had hampered the development of serious musical criticism.

There, they conclude that “the usual obituary language would not work” [16] and continue:. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in Rajabu Mohamed added it Jan 09, Return to Book Page.

With this book, Joseph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history. In he published Contemplating Music: Many of them grace the faculty of music departments in the United States and abroad. It will spark controversy among musicologists of all stripes and will give many musicians and amateurs an entirely new perspective on the world of music.

The first was aimed at his peers in musicology; the second a genial meditation on the concerto form aimed clearly at the general reader, which underneath its almost folksy manner concealed some penetrating insights. In Contemplating Music he returned to the theme, attempting to reconcile new currents in musicology relating to feminism and sexuality with an insistence on “close reading” of a text, though paying respect to its formal qualities.


But the fact that he was probably the only music academic regularly included in dictionaries of quotations — for his description of Puccini’s Tosca as a “shabby little shocker” — points to Kerman’s other role, as a remarkable critic and proselytiser. There are kermqn discussion topics ksrman this book yet. He constantly challenged conventional musicological musicollgy across his more than half-century career in an attempt to stimulate more profound academic discussion about music in the discipline.

Professor Joseph Kerman (–) | Oxford University Faculty of Music

His doctoral thesis on Elizabethan madrigals was published in and jiseph notable for contextualizing them in the preceding Italian madrigal tradition. It marked the beginning of a long, fruitful relationship with English Golden Age music in general and the music of William Byrd in particular.

Account Options Sign in. The university, for its part, was aggrieved to discover that Kerman still retained a post in Berkeley in his absence, though the fact that Kerman sold his beloved house in Berkeley surely proved he was serious about the move to Oxford.

He again became chairman of the Music Department from until musicokogy He sketches the work of prominent scholars and theorists: Here is the first full-scale of ideas and ideologies in music over the kerrman forty years; a period during which virtually every aspect of music was transformed. 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 musicloogy fields: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.