KUCKERTZ, Josef

KUCKERTZ, Josef. Würselen near Aachen 24.11.1930 — Berlin 25.3.1996. German Ethno-Musicologist interested in Indian Music. Passed Rheinische Musikschule and studied in 1952-56 musicology, Germanic and ancient history at Köln. Ph.D. 1962 Köln. In 1963-67 Assistant at Institute of Musicology, University of Köln, 1967 habilitation there. From 1967 PD and from 1970 Professor of Musicology (Ethnomusicology) at Köln Universität. In 1978-80 also taught at Göttingen. From 1980 Professor at F.U.B. in Berlin (West). Conducted fieldwork in many countries, including seven times in India in 1967-76.

Publications: Diss. Gestaltvariation in den von Bartók gesammelten rumänischen Colinden. 178 p. Kölner Beiträge zur Musikforschung 23. Regensburg 1963.

Form und Melodiebildung der karnatischen Musik Südindiens — im Umkreis der vorderasiatischen und der nordindischen Kunstmusik. 1-2. Wb. 1970.

– Musik in Asien. 1. Indien und der Vordere Orient. Kassel 1981; further works and articles.

– S. Thielemann (ed. & transl.): Essays on Indian Music by Professor Josef Kuckertz. 198 p. Bombay – Baroda 1999 (with a biographical sketch).

Sources: German Scholars on India. 1973; Adressbuch 1981, 1988; note in Shastric Tradition. 1989, 69; German Wikipedia.

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