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date: 20 August 2019

Kaufmann, Walterlocked


(b Karlsbad [now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic], April 1, 1907; d Bloomington, IN, Sept 9, 1984). American ethnomusicologist, conductor and composer of Austro-Hungarian origin. He studied at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik with Franz Schreker and Curt Sachs and at Prague University with Gustav Becking and Paul Nettl. He conducted opera in Karlovy Vary and Eger, Bohemia, 1927–8. His appointments included those of music director for All-India Radio (1935–46), head of the piano department at the Conservatory of Halifax, Nova Scotia (1947–8), conductor of the Winnipeg SO (1949–56), and professor of musicology at Indiana University (1957–77). Kaufmann is best known for his two books, The Ragas of North India (1968) and The Ragas of South India (1976), in which he exhaustively catalogued rāga according to indigenous taxonomies. His other writings concentrated on the transcription and notation of Asian music. His compositions show a mixture of Eastern and Western influences, often blending tonal and serial elements into dissonant polyphonic textures....

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