Joseph Kerman

Joseph Kerman was a leading musicologist, music critic, and music educator from the 1950s to the 2000s. He reshaped our understanding and appreciation of Western classical music with his first book, Opera as Drama (1956), to his last, Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008), including his studies on Bach, Beethoven, William Byrd, concertos, and more. He was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served two terms as chair of the Music Department. He wrote Listen together with his wife, Vivian Kerman.

Books by Joseph Kerman

  1. Book CoverThe Beethoven Quartets


    A critical study of the structure, style, and significance of the sixteen string quartets.More

  2. Book CoverListen

    Eighth Edition

    A classic music-appreciation text made fresh for today's students.More

  3. Book CoverPiano Concerto in C Major, K. 503


    An original concept: in one volume, a study-size score of a major musical work, and a comprehensive body of tools for the study of that work.More