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One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: Kerman, the son of an American journalist, was born in London and educated at University College School there. He then joined the faculty of University of California, Berkeley where he became a full professor in and was chairman of the music department from to Inhe was appointed Heather Professor of Music at Oxford Universitya post he held untilwhen he contempllating to Berkeley and again became chairman of the music department from until his retirement in He based his first book, Opera as Dramaon a series of essays written for The Hudson Review beginning in For Kerman, the value of an opera as drama is undermined when there is a perceived disconnection between text and music.


His doctoral thesis on Elizabethan madrigals was published in and was notable for contextualizing them in the preceding Italian madrigal tradition. He maintained an interest in the English madrigal composer William Byrd throughout his career, and wrote several influential monographs on his work.

With his wife, Vivian Kerman, he wrote the widely used textbook, Listen[7] first published in and now in its 7th edition co-authored by Gary Tomlinson.

Contemplating music: challenges to musicology

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.

Described in The Grove Dictionary of Music and Contempalting as “a defining moment in the field”, [1] the book has been credited as helping to shape a ” new musicology ” that kreman willing to engage with feminist theoryhermeneuticsqueer studiesand post-structuralism.

From to Kerman held the Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Chair at Harvard Universitywhere he contepmlating 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.

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.


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 and Carolyn Abbatepublished some additional comments about working with Kerman in the obituary which they wrote for the British magazine, Opera. There, they conclude that “the usual obituary language would not work” [16] and continue:.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Challenges to Musicology UK title: Musicology Write All These Down: Joseph Kerman”, Opera LondonJune Volume 65, Contempoating 6.

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