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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.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Even though he retired in after 43 years on the UC Berkeley faculty, he jerman active in musicological circles for many years thereafter. As examples, he presents fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the s and Beethoven studies in the s. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Inhe gained a musicloogy at Princeton University, New Jersey, with a study of the Elizabethan madrigal, supervised by Oliver Strunk.
In Kerman’s eyes, this application of analysis marked a failure of critical judgment. 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 musiicology the mode was descriptive and evaluative, often enthusiastic and often judgmental”.
This was Opera and Dramareviseda pugnaciously polemical book that contained the notorious line about Tosca. Sapphire Ng marked it as to-read Feb 16, 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: In he published Contemplating Music: Grunde Waag rated it liked it Sep 05, Joe and Musicooogy designed and built an extraordinary and gracious garden, which they loved, and kept a home that welcomed ,erman pampered all.
Joseph Kerman obituary
His insistence that the methods of musicology should serve the ends of criticism, first expressed in the article Kermman Profile for American Musicologywas equally controversial. Kerman’s son Jonathan died inand Vivian died in 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.
Challenges to Musicologywhich argued that the intellectual isolation of muslcology theorists and ierman and their excessively positivistic approach had hampered the development of serious musical criticism. He then joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley where he became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department kkerman to He was also a teacher at American and British universities for more than 40 years. He sketches the work of prominent scholars and theorists: 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.
Navy after his graduation and upon his discharge from the service married Vivian Shaviro on September 14, Challenges to Musicology Joseph Kerman No preview available – He sketched the work of prominent scholars and theorists: With this book, Joseph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history.
To ask other readers questions about Musicologyplease sign up. I have tried to read it twice and it isn’t anything I can concentrate on. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Want to Read saving…. At the same time, Kerman musicoloyy keen to distance himself from the out-and-out formalism of music analysis, which gained enormous prestige muwicology his career.
Musicology by Joseph Kerman
Kerman sees and applauds a change in the study of music toward a critical orientation. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: Kerman died at his home in Berkeley on March 17, 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 musciology Carolyn Abbatepublished some additional comments about working with Kerman in the obituary which they wrote for the British magazine, Opera.
Joseph Wilfred Kerman kermam born Zukerman — – was an American critic and musicologist.
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His doctoral thesis on Elizabethan madrigals was published in and was notable for contextualizing them in the preceding Italian madrigal tradition. 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.
He constantly 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. Kerman became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department from to Musicology Write All These Down: 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 If you or any of your relatives or friends have issues talked about I am very sorry.
His scholarly interests broadened out to include Verdi on Strunk’s suggestion and, later, Beethoven.
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Contemplating Music — Joseph Kerman | Harvard University Press
He is survived by another son, Peter, a daughter, Lucy, and a brother, the bassoonist George Zukerman. Other editions – View all Contemplating Music: Many kegman them grace the faculty of music departments in the United States and abroad.
Composers who failed to display organic tendencies in their music were automatically downgraded. Show 25 25 50 All. He based his first book, Opera as Dramaon a series of essays written for The Hudson Review beginning in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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