Don Harrán

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Savyon, Israel
Musicologist; Historian (music); Educator
Humanities and Arts
Visual Arts
International Honorary Member


Professor Don Harrán is the Artur Rubinstein Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is interested in the subjects of humanism and music, the history of music theory, the Renaissance madrigal, word-tone relationships, music historiography, Jewish music traditions in Renaissance and early Baroque culture, and Jewish women as poets and musicians in the early modern era. He did his undergraduate work at Yale University in French Literature and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of California, Berkeley. He chaired the Department of Musicology at the Hebrew University during the years 1977-80, 1991-92, and 1994-97. In 1993, he was visiting Professor at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2004 Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti (Harvard University Center for Research in the Italian Renaissance). Harrán served as musical advisor for the Cultural Center of the American Embassy in Israel, organizing concerts of American music and lecturing thereon during the years 1967-77. His memberships include, the American Musicological Society; Israel Musicological Society (chair, 1978–80); International Musicological Society (board of directors, 1987–92; vice-president, 1992–97); Renaissance Society of America; European Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies (USA); Phi Beta Kappa.



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