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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This was Opera and Dramareviseda pugnaciously polemical book that contained the notorious line about Tosca.

Views Read Edit View history. Show 25 musicoloyg 50 All. With this book, Joseph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history. Harvard University Press- Music – pages. This page was last edited on 16 Januaryat 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.

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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. Rkq added it Jan 24, 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.

His collected volumes of essays Write All These Down and Concerto Conversations reflected his double career. Preview — Musicology by Joseph Kerman. Gazmend Kryeziu marked it as to-read Jul 12, One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: Books by Joseph Kerman.

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”.

Gabriel marked it as to-read Nov 28, No trivia or quizzes yet. Professor of Music, Emeritus. In Kerman’s eyes, this application of analysis marked a failure of critical judgment.

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In he published Contemplating Music: Volume 65, No 6. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

Kerman became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department from to 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.

Navy after his graduation and upon his discharge from the service married Vivian Shaviro on September 14, 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.

Join Our Mailing List: Refresh and try again. Kermsn doctoral thesis on Elizabethan madrigals was published in and was notable for contextualizing musicoolgy in the preceding Italian madrigal tradition.

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 kermxn engage with feminist theoryhermeneuticsqueer studiesand post-structuralism.

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. It was in response to “a need to address the technical minutiae of music” — and also, one senses, to escape from the shadow josrph 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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He then joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley where he became a full professor in and musicologgy chairman of the music department from to 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. Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Milton Babbit, and many others.


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 musioclogy ” similar to that used in literary studies, a theme that was central to many of his writings.

Stephen Callan rated mmusicology really liked it Aug 23, Musicology Ojseph All These Down: During his time there, he published Listening, a primer in western art music for college students written in collaboration with his wife Vivian, whom he had married in Joe and Vivian designed and built an extraordinary and gracious garden, which they loved, and kept a home that welcomed and pampered all.

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One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: Many of them grace the faculty of music departments in the United States and abroad. March Short pages 6 x 9 inches North America only.

Opera and the Morbidity of Music is a collection of essays for the general musjcology that points to the falseness of the recurring belief that classical music is about to die: As examples, he presents fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the s and Beethoven studies in the s.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. In Contemplating Music he returned to the theme, attempting to reconcile new currents in musicology relating to feminism and sexuality with an insistence on lerman reading” of a text, though paying respect to its formal qualities.

Adrian Stevenson added it Jun 04, It will spark controversy among ketman of all stripes and will give many musicians and amateurs an entirely new perspective on the world of music. Retrieved from ” https: Challenges to Musicology UK title: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.