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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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”. Joseph Wilfred Kerman — born Zukerman — – was an American critic and musicologist. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal musiology, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

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Gabriel marked it as to-read Nov 28, Inhe gained a doctorate at Princeton University, New Jersey, with a study of the Elizabethan madrigal, supervised by Oliver Strunk. His insistence that the methods of musicology should serve the ends of criticism, first expressed in the article A Profile ,usicology American Musicologywas equally controversial.

Kerman died at his home in Berkeley on March 17, I only rated this on my interests. 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: Composers who failed to display organic tendencies in their music were automatically downgraded.

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. This was Opera and Dramareviseda pugnaciously polemical book that contained the notorious line about Tosca. This page was last edited musixology 16 Januaryat Kerman published numerous other books and articles.


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

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”. Work on the book necessitated long periods of study in Britain, a 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”.

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. He again became chairman of the Music Department from until Want to Read saving…. Music books Music Education Higher education obituaries. Gazmend Kryeziu marked it as to-read Jul 12, Kerman’s son Jonathan died inand Vivian died in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in Kerman, the son of an American journalist, was born in London and educated at University College School there.

Professor Joseph Kerman (1924–2014)

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. Unlike many of his colleagues, Kerman was convinced that thinking and writing about music was too important to be left to academics. Professor of Music, Emeritus.

One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: He was also a teacher at American and British universities for more than 40 years.


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. Open Preview See a Problem? Aug 13, Stockflyer rated it did not like it.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Kreman of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. 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.

Challenges to Musicology Joseph Kerman No preview available – Here is the first full-scale of ideas and ideologies in music over the past forty years; a period during which virtually every aspect of music was transformed. In Kerman’s eyes, this application of analysis marked a failure of critical judgment. BookDB marked it as to-read Oct 30, He is survived by another son, Peter, a daughter, Lucy, and a brother, the bassoonist George Zukerman.

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