March 27, 1910|
Oldenburg, German Empire
|Died||December 17, 1955
|Nationality||Germany, United States|
|Alma mater||Heidelberg University|
|Employer||University of California, Berkeley|
Manfred Bukofzer (March 27, 1910 – December 7, 1955) was a German-American musicologist and humanist. He studied at Heidelberg University and the Stern conservatory in Berlin, but left Germany in 1933, going to Basle, where he received his doctorate. In 1939 he moved to the United States where he remained, becoming a U.S. citizen. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1941 until his premature death.
Bukofzer is best known as a historian of early music, particularly of the Baroque era. His book Music in the Baroque Era is still one of the standard reference works on the topic, though some modern historians assert that it has a Germanic bias, for instance in minimizing the importance of opera (Italian by origin) during the development of musical style in the 17th century.
- Manfred Bukofzer, Music in the Baroque Era. New York, W.W. Norton & Co., 1947. ISBN 0-393-09745-5
- Kofi Agawu, "Leonard G. Ratner, 1916-2012" Ad Parnassum: A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music 10 (19), April 2012, 190-194
- Sydney Robinson Charles. "Manfred F. Bukofzer", The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie (London: Macmillan, 1980), iii, 429-430.