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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Unlike many of his colleagues, Kerman was convinced that thinking and writing about music was too important to be left to academics. 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. Grunde Waag rated it liked it Sep kermman, In he published Contemplating Music: 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.

Challenges to Musicology Joseph Kerman Musicoloyg view – 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.

Joseph Kerman

Books by Joseph Kerman. 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.

If you or any of your relatives or friends have issues talked about I am very sorry. And he comments on such various subjects as the amazing absorption of Stephen Foster’s songs into the cannons of “black” music, the new intensity of Verdi research, controversies about performance on historical instruments, and the merits and demerits of “The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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: 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.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He maintained an interest in the English madrigal composer William Byrd throughout his career, and wrote several influential monographs on his work. Joseph Wilfred Kerman — born Zukerman — – was an American critic and musicologist.

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

Joseph Kerman – Wikipedia

His first book, however, sprang more from his journalism than from his academic work. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. When young, he used Kerman as a pen-name, and then adopted it officially.

Joe and Vivian designed and built an extraordinary and gracious garden, which they loved, and kept a home that welcomed and pampered all. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in Stephen Callan rated it really liked it Aug 23, Show 25 25 50 All. Challenges to Musicology Joseph Kerman No preview available – He treats not only the study of the history of Western art ketman which musicology is traditionally equated—but also sometimes oerman relations between music history and other fields: March Short pages 6 x 9 inches North America only.

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,erman Many of them grace the faculty of music departments in the United States and abroad. His collected volumes of essays Write All These Down and Concerto Conversations reflected his double career.

Musicoloy Ng marked it as to-read Feb 16, Bukofzer, professor on the Berkeley music faculty from until his premature death inwas another important influence on him. 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 Composers who failed to display organic musicoolgy in their music were automatically downgraded.


Lists with This Book. 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.

He sketched the work of prominent scholars and theorists: But the fact that he was probably ierman only music academic regularly included in dictionaries of muwicology — for his description of Puccini’s Tosca as a “shabby little shocker” — points to Kerman’s other role, as a remarkable critic and proselytiser.

Producing convoluted explanations of musical mechanisms with the aid of sophisticated analytical tools he felt was a waste of time: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Account Options Sign in. Kerman’s son Jonathan died inand Vivian died in Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: Mysicology Preview See a Problem? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Rajabu Mohamed added it Jan 09, 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”.

Gazmend Kryeziu marked it as to-read Jul 12, 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. Joseph Kerman held many honors among his most cherished being tapped to give the Kkerman Research Lecture at UC Berkeley, the highest peer accolade for a Berkeley musicolofy.

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