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The disciplinary neighbors of musicology address other forms of art , performance , ritual and communication , including the history and theory of the visual and plastic arts and of architecture; linguistics , literature and theater ; religion and theology ; and sport. Musical knowledge is applied in medicine, education and music therapy —which, effectively, are parent disciplines of applied musicology. Historical musicology[ edit ] Music history or historical musicology is concerned with the composition, performance, reception and criticism of music over time. Like the comparable field of art history , different branches and schools of historical musicology emphasize different types of musical works and approaches to music.

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Joseph Kerman, Colorful Critic of Musicology, Dies at 89 Joseph Kerman By Vivien Schweitzer March 25, 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. Among Mr. In fact nearly all musical thinkers travel at a respectful distance behind the latest chariots or bandwagons of intellectual life in general.

Kerman expressed his often contentious opinions vividly. Kerman, a friend and colleague, as a role model. Taruskin said in a phone interview. When he first started stirring the pot, people said he was done for, but people listened. Published in , it has been revised seven times. Kerman could admit his mistakes, however. In he wrote in The Journal of the American Musicological Society that, compared with European music, American music lacked sufficient artistic value to merit scholarly commitment.

On the contrary, I believe it does. His father was a foreign correspondent and reporter for several publications. Kerman received a Ph. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, Peter; a brother, George Zukerman; and five grandchildren. Another son, Jonathan, died in Kerman became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in and retired in He also taught at Oxford University.

Kerman was upbeat about the future of classical music and derided what he saw as a drumbeat of unnecessarily negative predictions.

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New musicologists seek ways to employ anthropology , sociology , cultural studies , gender studies , feminism , history , and philosophy in the study of music. He asked for "a new breadth and flexibility in academic music criticism [musicology]" Kerman, , 30 that would extend to musical discourse, critical theory and analysis. In the words of Rose Rosengard Subotnik : "For me For Lawrence Kramer , music has meanings "definite enough to support critical interpretations comparable in depth, exactness, and density of connection to interpretations of literary texts and cultural practices" Kramer, New musicology combines cultural studies with the analysis and criticism of music, and it accords more weight to the sociology of musicians and institutions and to non-canonical genres of music, including jazz and popular music, than traditional musicology did.

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Joseph Kerman, musicologist, critic, cultural shaper, dies

Joseph Kerman, Colorful Critic of Musicology, Dies at 89 Joseph Kerman By Vivien Schweitzer March 25, 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. Among Mr. In fact nearly all musical thinkers travel at a respectful distance behind the latest chariots or bandwagons of intellectual life in general.

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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 For Kerman, the value of an opera as drama is undermined when there is a perceived disconnection between text and music. 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, [8] first published in and now in its 7th edition co-authored by Gary Tomlinson.

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