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Joseph Kerman (born April 3, 1924) is a well-known writer on music and musicologist. He is a professor emeritus at University of California, Berkeley.

In 1997-1998 Kerman was the Norton professor at Harvard University.

Selected bibliography

  • The Elizabethan Madrigal (1962)
  • The Beethoven Quartets (1967)
  • The Kafka Sketchbook (1970)
  • The Masses and Motets of William Byrd (1980)
  • The New Grove Beethoven (1983) (with Alan Tyson)
  • Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology (1985) a.k.a. Musicology (UK title)
  • Opera as Drama (1956/1988)
  • Write All These Down (1994)
  • Concerto Conversations (1998)
  • The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715-1750 (2005)
  • Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008)


  • Philip Brett: "Joseph Kerman", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (Accessed October 29, 2006), (subscription access)


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