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Volume 65, No 6. In formulating his goal of a critical musicology, Kerman’s model remained the Edinburgh professor Donald Tovey, whose Essays kerma Musical Analysis had first inspired him to become a musicologist.

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He is survived by his brother, the noted bassoonist George Zukerman, his son Peter Kerman, his daughter Lucy Kerman, and five grandchildren: Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Critical essays written by Kerman from the late s to the early s are collected in his book, Write All These Downwhich takes its title from a phrase in one of William Byrd’s songs. Kerman, the son of an American journalist, was born in London and educated at University College School there. Born kefman London to an American journalist, Joseph Wilfred Zukerman changed his name to Kerman because, as he was wont to say, he was tired of being at the end of the alphabet.

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Edward Lear musifology an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. It was in ,usicology to “a need to address the technical minutiae of music” — and also, one senses, to escape from the shadow of that book — that Kerman returned to Elizabethan music, producing a study of Byrd’s Latin-text music whose tone was, as he put it, “descriptive, objective and measured”.

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Challenges to Musicology UK title: Joseph Kerman”, Opera LondonJune Challenges to Musicology Joseph Kerman Kermsn preview available – 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 and the literary critic Northrop Frye.

His doctoral thesis on Elizabethan madrigals was published in and was notable for contextualizing them in the preceding Italian madrigal tradition. He then joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley where he became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department from to Other editions – View all Contemplating Music: His collected volumes of essays Write All These Down and Concerto Conversations reflected his double career.

It marked the beginning of a long, fruitful relationship with Kermam Golden Age music in general and the music of William Byrd in particular.

Books by Joseph Kerman. Bukofzer, professor on the Berkeley music faculty from until his premature death inwas another important influence on him. Contemplating Music is filled with wisdom and trenchant commentary.

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Kerman became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department from to If you or any of your relatives or friends have issues talked about I am very sorry. In Contemplating Music he returned to the theme, attempting to reconcile new currents in musicology ,erman to feminism and sexuality with an insistence on “close reading” of a text, though paying respect to its formal qualities.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the ksrman of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history.

Musicology by Joseph Kerman

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 musico,ogy and often judgmental”. He sketches the work of prominent scholars kedman theorists: Join Our Mailing List: In the last forty years musicology has become a flourishing academic discipline and has impressed itself upon every musician and music lover.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Joseph Kerman held many honors among his most cherished being tapped to give the Faculty Research Lecture at UC Berkeley, the highest peer accolade for a Berkeley scholar. His scholarly interests broadened out to include Verdi on Strunk’s suggestion and, later, Beethoven. Views Read Edit Muzicology history.

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