Alfred Mann (musicologist)

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Alfred Mann
Born (1917-04-28)April 28, 1917
Died September 21, 2006(2006-09-21) (aged 89)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Nationality German, and later
U. S. citizen
Alma mater Berlin Academy of Music
Occupation Musicologist, writer
Known for Translation[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.