Music is a mystery for people who play it, write it, listen to it, and write about it. The only thing I can really do when I try to say something about music is assume. Post a Comment. Back in the beginnings of the musical blogosphere about ten years ago a great number of academically-minded musicians i. Yesterday we lost Joseph Kerman , one of the shining lights in the world of musicology. In honor of him and in honor of the now vanished tradition of exposing graduate-school writing to the larger world on blogs, I offer you my graduate-school "take" on the first two chapters of Joseph Kerman's Contemplating Music :.
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With this book, Joseph 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 traditionally 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 toward a critical orientation. As examples, he presents fascinating vignettes of Bach research in the s and Beethoven studies in the s.
Meyer, Heinrich Schenker, Milton Babbit, and many others. Contemplating Music is filled with wisdom and trenchant commentary. 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.
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Contemplating music: challenges to musicology
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 For Kerman, the value of an opera as drama is undermined when there is a perceived disconnection between text and music.
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.
Contemplating Music : Challenges to Musicology
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