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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I have tried to read it twice and it isn’t anything I can concentrate on. 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 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.

The Art of Fugue examines JS Bach’s exploration of the contrapuntal kermah of a single theme.

From to Kerman held the Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Chair at Harvard Universitywhere he gave a 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.

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 Preview — Musicology by Joseph Kerman.

In addition to obituaries which appeared in the days following his death, two of his former associates in the field of musicology, Professors Roger Parker and Carolyn Abbatepublished some additional comments about working with Kerman in the obituary which they wrote for the British magazine, Opera.

Many of them grace the faculty of music departments in the United States and abroad. John rated it really liked it Mar 29, This was Opera and Dramareviseda pugnaciously polemical book that contained the notorious line about Tosca.

Bukofzer, professor on the Berkeley music faculty from until his premature death inwas another important influence on him. By using this site, mjsicology agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In Kerman’s eyes, this application of analysis marked a failure of critical judgment.


Open Preview See a Problem? Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. He is survived by another son, Peter, a daughter, Lucy, and a brother, the bassoonist George Zukerman. His insistence that the methods of musicology should serve the ends of criticism, first expressed in the article A Profile for American Musicologywas equally controversial.


His scholarly interests broadened out to include Verdi on Strunk’s suggestion and, later, Beethoven. Sedat marked it as to-read Jan 24, It was in response 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”.

For him, writing about music was a humane discipline along the lines of literary criticism, and he deplored the tendency he noted towards arcane jargon and “scientism” in musicology. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Join Our Mailing List: 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”.

His first book, however, sprang more from his journalism than from his academic work. Joe and Vivian designed and built an extraordinary and gracious garden, which they loved, and kept a home that welcomed and pampered all. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 13, Stockflyer rated it did not like it. Contemplating Music is filled with wisdom and trenchant commentary. Kerman died at his home in Berkeley on March 17, 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.


Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Miltion Babbit, and many others. For Kerman, the value of an opera as drama is undermined when there is a perceived disconnection between text and music. Inhe gained a doctorate at Princeton University, New Jersey, with a study of the Elizabethan madrigal, supervised by Oliver Strunk.

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He treats not only the study of the history of Western art music–with which musicology is tradtionally equated–but also sometimes vexed relations between music history and other fields: 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.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Milton Babbit, and many others. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. 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.

Kerman published numerous other books and articles.

Professor Joseph Kerman (1924–2014)

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Joseph Kerman was preceded in death by musicolovy son Jonathan d. 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.

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