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Joseph Kerman , a musicologist and critic whose learned, far-ranging and sometimes acerbic writings helped overturn accepted ideas about music both within the academy and in the wider cultural world, died Monday at his Berkeley home after a long illness. He was Kerman, who taught at UC Berkeley for more than 40 years, was a man of many parts: a scholar whose work on such topics as Beethoven and the Renaissance madrigal reflected deep research and study; a disciplinary gadfly who almost single-handedly changed the direction of academic musicology; a powerful and influential teacher; and a prolific public intellectual whose writing in the New York Review of Books and elsewhere brought his ideas to a lay audience. Most music lovers are apt to know Mr. Kerman's work primarily from his incendiary first book, "Opera as Drama," published in

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Contemplating Music : Challenges to Musicology. Joseph Kerman. Contemplating Music is a book for all serious music lovers. 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. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history.

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: music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, and music criticism. Kerman sees and applauds a change in the study of music towarda critical orientation, As examples, he presents a fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the 's and Beethoven studies in the 's. Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Miltion Babbit, and many others.

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.

Comtemplating Music is fulled with wisdom and trenchant commmentary. 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. Main Works Cited.

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Joseph Kerman

One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his book Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology published in the UK as Musicology was described by Philip Brett in The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "a defining moment in the field. 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 In , he was appointed Heather Professor of Music at Oxford University , a post he held until , when he returned to Berkeley and again became chairman of the music department from until his retirement in He based his first book, Opera as Drama , on a series of essays written for The Hudson Review beginning in

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Joseph Kerman, an eminent musicologist and critic who modernized a field he had found insular and stagnant, challenging conventional wisdom with colorful, pungent prose, died on March 17 in Berkeley, Calif. He was His death, after a long illness, was confirmed by his daughter, Lucy Kerman. Kerman, the author of a number of admired books and essays, disliked what he saw as the intellectual isolation of musicology and encouraged a more multidisciplinary approach. In , for example, he noted that feminist criticism, an integral part of film, literary and art studies, was largely absent from musicology.

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Joseph Kerman, Colorful Critic of Musicology, Dies at 89

Contemplating Music : Challenges to Musicology. Joseph Kerman. Contemplating Music is a book for all serious music lovers. 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. With this book, Joesph Kerman establishes the place of music study firmly in the mainstream of modern intellectual history.

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