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Selected musical terms of non-Western cultures : a notebook- glossary
Kaufmann, Walter, 1907-1984.
Publication Information:
Warren, Mich. : Harmonie Park Press, 1990.
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x, 806 pages ; 26 cm.
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Walter Kaufmann was born in Freiburg, Germany in July 1, 1921. He arrived in the United States at the age of 17 and became a citizen in 1944. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1941 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1947. During World War II, he served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. He was a member of the philosophy department at Princeton University from 1947-1980.

He was a philosopher, translator, poet, and photographer. His first book, a critical study of Nietzsche, was published in 1950. His other works include Critique of Religion and Philosophy, From Shakespeare to Existentialism, The Faith of a Heretic, Tragedy and Philosophy, Without Guilt and Justice, Religions in Four Dimensions, and Man's Lot. He died on September 4, 1980 at the age of 59.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Published posthmously (Kaufmann died in 1984), this monumental glossary containing approximately 12,000 terms is the result of some 50 years of his collecting terms pertinent to world musics into a notebook. The entry lengths vary from one or two sentences (more usual) to less-common full column (half page). There are no illustrations and only one musical example (Japanese koto tunings). Main entries are keyed by number to the 321-item bibliography, which comprises works consulted, many of them relatively old. The author cautions in his preface that this is a personal notebook of terms encountered and therefore not necessarily complete or balanced. It would best be described as a quick-reference tool, more like Willi Apel's Harvard Dictionary of Music than the New Grove. It is particularly strong for India, Kaufmann's area of focus, but it offers copious terms from elsewhere in Asia as well as Africa. It is least useful for Europe and the Americas. The extensive Chinese entries are in the Wade-Giles romanization only. Because there are so many variant spellings and romanizations worldwide, numerous terms are cross-referenced. Recommended for all academic libraries, especially for graduate students. -T. E. Miller, Kent State University