Death of the last true musicologistmain
The Czech-born ethnomusicologist Bruno Nettl died yesterday at 89.
A child refugee from Hitler, he taught at the University of Illinois and conducted research among Native Americans, and in Iran and South India.
His first book was published by Harvard in 1956. Its title, Music in Primitive Culture, would have got him deplatformed today.
Nettl pursued his discipline oblivious to fad and fashion.
He enjoyed a 65-year marriage to Wanda and enriched the minds of thousands of pupils.