Alfred Mann (musicologist)

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Alfred Mann
Born(1917-04-28)April 28, 1917
DiedSeptember 21, 2006(2006-09-21) (aged 89)
NationalityGerman, and later
U. S. citizen
Alma materBerlin Academy of Music
OccupationMusicologist, writer
Known forTranslation[1][2][3] of
Gradus ad Parnassum by Johann Fux
Alfred Mann had to flee[4] Germany because of the Nazis before World War II.

Alfred Mann (April 28, 1917 – September 21, 2006), was a writer in musical theory and Professor of Musicology[4] at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.


Alfred Mann left Germany before World War II and moved to Italy where he only could stay shortly. In 1938, Mann had to leave Italy, because of a Mussolini mandate, and Mann moved to the USA. After a long career, Mann became Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School in 1980, retiring and becoming Professor Emeritus in 1987.

Important Writings[edit]

In 1943, Mann made the first translation[1] of Johann Joseph Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum into English. The translation contained the preface, pages 41 – 139 and page 279 of the original work.

In 1958, Mann translated[2][3] into English, the part of Gradus ad Parnassum that concerned the composition of a fugue, pages 140 – 217 of the original work.


  1. ^ a b The Study of Counterpoint Johann Joseph Fux, WW Norton & Co (revised edition) 1965, ISBN 978-0-393-00277-5.
  2. ^ a b Study of Fugue Alfred Mann, WW Norton & Co, 1980, ISBN 978-0-393-09675-0.
  3. ^ a b Study of Fugue Alfred Mann, Dover Publications Inc. (edited) 1988, ISBN 978-0-486-25439-5
  4. ^ a b Alfred Mann: A Life Sketch (short biography) Michael Dodds, Eastman School of Music, (last edited) 2007