Jerome Kohl

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Jerome Kohl
Jerome Joseph Kohl

(1946-11-27)November 27, 1946
DiedAugust 4, 2020(2020-08-04) (aged 73)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
  • Music theorist
  • Journal editor
  • Music pedagogue
Known forResearch on Karlheinz Stockhausen

Jerome Joseph Kohl (November 27, 1946 – August 4, 2020) was an American musicologist, academic journal editor, and recorder teacher. A music theorist at the University of Washington, he became recognized internationally as an authority on the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Life and work[edit]

Kohl grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, with three siblings.[1] During high school and college, he played the clarinet in the local symphony orchestra. He received his undergraduate, and in 1971, his master's degree in music[1] from the University of Nebraska.[2]: 242  Drafted into the army, he played in an army band during the Vietnam War.[1] Afterwards, he started his doctoral studies in music theory at the University of Washington in Seattle.[1] In the 1970s, Kohl joined the Seattle Recorder Society, attending and running classes at their meetings, as well as teaching privately.[3] In 1976, Kohl co-founded and became the board president of the Early Music Guild (EMG, now called Early Music Seattle) in Seattle, attracting international players to perform in the city. The EMG held a monthly concert by local players, and in 1980, Kohl played a concert with music from the 14th century to modern times. He continued to teach recorder for the Society for decades.[1][3]

Denny Hall, home of the Classics Department at the University of Washington

Kohl concluded his studies in 1981 with his PhD thesis,[1] titled "Serial and Non-Serial Techniques in the Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1962–1968".[4] He was managing editor of the journal Perspectives of New Music from 1985 to 1999.[2] Between 2005 and 2018, he was Secretary of the Department of Classics at the University of Washington. In 2018, Kohl became Administrative Assistant at the university's Department of Political Science.[1]

His research focus was contemporary classical music. He became recognized as a world expert on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen,[1][2] taking part in international conferences on his music.[1][5] He collaborated with Stockhausen, traveling to Europe annually, and co-authored books with him.[3] Kohl was also a contributor on Wikipedia,[6] with more than 100,000 edits,[7] creating many articles, especially about the works of Stockhausen.[8]

Kohl died in Seattle from a sudden heart attack, on August 4, 2020, at the age of 73.[2][9] His death was commemorated by a memorial tribute in Perspectives of New Music, which described his 2017 book on Stockhausen's Zeitmaße as "an astounding masterpiece".[2]


  • Jerome Kohl (1979). "Exposition in Stravinsky's Orchestral Variations". Perspectives of New Music. 18 (1/2): 391–405. doi:10.2307/832991. ISSN 0031-6016. JSTOR 832991. Wikidata Q56069606.
  • — (1981). Serial and Non-Serial Techniques in the Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1962–1968 (PhD thesis). University of Washington. OCLC 15544439.
  • — (Spring–Summer 1985). "Stockhausen on Opera". Perspectives of New Music. 23 (2): 24–39. doi:10.2307/832695. JSTOR 832695.
  • Pascal Decroupet; Elena Ungeheuer; Jerome Kohl (1998). "Through the Sensory Looking-Glass: The Aesthetic and Serial Foundations of Gesang der Jünglinge". Perspectives of New Music. 36 (1): 97–142. doi:10.2307/833578. ISSN 0031-6016. JSTOR 833578. Wikidata Q56113062.
  • Ivanka Stoianova; Jerome Kohl (1999). "And Dasein Becomes Music: Some Glimpses of Light". Perspectives of New Music. 37 (1): 179–212. doi:10.2307/833631. ISSN 0031-6016. JSTOR 833631. Wikidata Q57318353.
  • — (1999). "Four Recent Books on Stockhausen". Perspectives of New Music. 37 (1): 213–245. doi:10.2307/833632. JSTOR 833632.
  • — (2012). "A Gedenkschrift for Karlheinz Stockhausen". Perspectives of New Music. 50 (1–2): 306–312. doi:10.7757/persnewmusi.50.1-2.0306.
  • — (2017). Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zeitmaße. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-7546-5334-9.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Coda : Jerome Kohl". University of Washington Department of Political Science. August 27, 2020. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Rahn, John (Winter 2020). "In Memoriam / Jerome Kohl". Perspectives of New Music. 58 (1): 241–244. doi:10.1353/pnm.2020.0007. JSTOR 10.7757/persnewmusi.58.1.0241.
  3. ^ a b c Seibert, Peter; Lewis, Nancy; Mitchell, Sally; Wallace, Carolyn (September 2020). "Reflections on Jerry Kohl" (PDF). Recorder Notes. Seattle Recorder Society. LII (1): 4–5.
  4. ^ Kohl 1981.
  5. ^ "International Workshop "The Musical Legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Looking Back and Forward"". University of Göttingen (in German). August 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Wouter Steenbeek (May 24, 2021). "Een verlaat In Memoriam" (in Dutch). Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  7. ^ "Jerome Kohl: Global Contributions (108,279)". XTools. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  8. ^ "Jerome Kohl: Main namespace created articles (376)". XTools. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  9. ^ "King County deaths (08/11/2020)". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. August 11, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  10. ^ Kohl, Jerome. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zeitmaße Routledge 2017

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