Kerman, Joseph (Wilfred)
- Philip Brett
(b London, April 3, 1924; d Berkeley, CA, March 17, 2014). American musicologist and critic. The son of an American journalist, he was educated at University College School, London, took the AB at New York University (1943) and the doctorate at Princeton University (1950), where he studied under Oliver Strunk, Randall Thompson and Carl Weinrich. After teaching at Westminster Choir College, Princeton (1949–51), he joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley (assistant professor 1951, associate professor 1955, professor 1960), serving as chairman of the music department (1960–63, 1991–4). In 1971 he was appointed Heather Professor of Music at Oxford, returning to Berkeley in 1974. He has held Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and visiting fellowships at Princeton (1956), All Souls, Oxford (1966), Cornell (1970) and Clare Hall, Cambridge (1971). He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Fairfield University, Connecticut (...