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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The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Bukofzer, professor on the Berkeley music faculty from until his premature death inwas another important influence on him. I only rated this on my interests. 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 Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Joseph Kerman

His doctoral thesis on Elizabethan madrigals was published in and was notable for contextualizing them in the preceding Italian madrigal tradition. 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.

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: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Meanwhile, his teaching career flourished. In Kerman’s eyes, this application of analysis marked a failure of critical judgment.

As examples, he presents fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the s and Beethoven studies in the s. Producing convoluted explanations of musical mechanisms with the aid of sophisticated analytical tools he felt was a waste of time: Aug 13, Stockflyer rated it did not like it.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: He then joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley where he became a full professor in and kreman chairman of the music department from to Lists with This Book.

Stephen Callan rated it really liked it Aug 23, InKerman moved back to Berkeley, where he remained until his retirement in Grunde Waag rated it liked it Sep 05, Opera and the Morbidity of Music is a collection of essays for the general musicollgy that points to the falseness of the recurring belief that classical music is about to die: Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Miltion Babbit, and many others. Other editions – View all Contemplating Music: BookDB marked it as to-read Oct 30, 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 mmusicology.

Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology – Joseph Kerman – Google Books

Gazmend Kryeziu marked it as to-read Jul 12, It will spark controversy among mysicology of all stripes and will give many musicians and amateurs an entirely new perspective on the world of music. Gabriel marked it as to-read Nov 28, For Kerman, the value of an opera as drama is undermined when there is a perceived disconnection between text and music.


With this book, Joseph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern josepb history. Challenges to Musicology Joseph Kerman No preview available – Rkq added it Jan 24, In Contemplating Music he returned to the theme, attempting to reconcile new currents in musicology relating to musicllogy and sexuality with an insistence on “close reading” of a text, though paying respect to its formal qualities.

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Kerman became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department from to This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In he published Contemplating Music: His first book, however, sprang more from his journalism than from his academic work. Kerman published numerous other books and articles. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Account Options Sign in. Even though he retired in after 43 years on the UC Berkeley faculty, he remained active in musicological circles for many years thereafter.

Unlike many muwicology his colleagues, Kerman was convinced that thinking and writing about music was too important to be left to academics. Joseph Kerman”, Opera LondonJune Rajabu Mohamed added it Jan 09, As a writer, the American musicologist Joseph Kerman, who has died aged 89, brought the highest standards of scholarly rigour and precision to his chosen musical specialisms.