Alfred Mann (musicologist)
|Died||September 21, 2006 (aged 89)|
|Nationality||German, and later |
U. S. citizen
|Alma mater||Berlin Academy of Music|
|Known for||Translation of |
Gradus ad Parnassum by Johann Fux
Alfred Mann (April 28, 1917 – September 21, 2006), was an American musicologist who specialized in the history of Western musical theory. He was a professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. His parents were the portrait painter Wilhelm Mann and the well-known harpsichordist and musicologist Edith Weiss-Mann.
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.
In 1943, Mann made the first real translation of Gradus ad Parnassum into English next to the one with paraphrases by an anonymous translator. The translation contained the preface, pages 41 – 139 and page 279 of the original work, based on his German translation version.
- Die Lehre vom Kontrapunkt (Gradus Ad Parnassum) Johann Joseph Fux, Moeck 1938.
- The Study of Counterpoint Johann Joseph Fux, WW Norton & Co (revised edition) 1965, ISBN 978-0-393-00277-5.
- Study of Fugue Alfred Mann, WW Norton & Co, 1980, ISBN 978-0-393-09675-0.
- Study of Fugue Alfred Mann, Dover Publications Inc. (edited) 1988, ISBN 978-0-486-25439-5
- Alfred Mann: A Life Sketch (short biography) Michael Dodds, Eastman School of Music, (last edited) 2007