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Kurath, Gertrude Prokosch

Doris J. Dyen

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Chicago, Aug 19, 1903; d Aug 1, 1992). American ethnomusicologist. She studied at Bryn Mawr College (BA 1922, MA in art history 1928), concurrently receiving training in music and dance in Berlin, Philadelphia, New York and Providence, Rhode Island (1922–8); she then attended the Yale School of Drama (1929–30). Later she was employed as a field research worker by the Wenner-Gren Foundation (1949–73), the American Philosophical Society (1951–65) and the National Museum of Canada (1962–5, 1969–70). Her main areas of interest were ethnomusicology and dance ethnology, and she made particularly substantial contributions to the study of Amerindian dance, and to dance theory and notation. She also taught dance and lectured on dance history. From 1958 to January 1972 she was dance editor for the journal Ethnomusicology. Her other scholarly interests included the fields of folk liturgy and rock music....

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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