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2001 Lecture: William Malm
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William P(aul) Malm: (b La Grange, IL, 6 March 1928). American ethnomusicologist. He studied composition at Northwestern University, where he received the BM in 1949 and the MM the following year. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois in 1950. After serving as an instructor at the US Naval School of Music (1951-3), he resumed graduate studies at UCLA where he received the PhD in musicology in 1959 and taught from 1958 to 1960. From 1960 until 1994, Malm was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he began an ethnomusicology program and worked with the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. Malm specializes in Asian ethnomusicology, particularly music for the dance and Japanese music; his research area is shamisen music, particularly that of the Japanese kabuki and bunraku theatre. His monograph Japanese Music and Musical Instruments (1959) is the first scholarly and comprehensive survey of its subject in English; his book on nagauta, which grew out of his doctoral dissertation, is one of the first detailed English-language studies of a particular genre of Japanese music. In 1993 he was awarded the Koizumu Fumio prize for his work on Japanese music.

• 'A Bibliography of Japanese Magazines and Music', EthM, iii (1959), 76--80
Japanese Music and Musical Instruments (Tokyo, 1959/R)
• "Japanese Nagauta Music" (diss., UCLA, 1959)
• 'An Introduction to Taiko Drum Music in the Japanese No Drama', EthM, iv (1960), 75--8
Nagauta: the Heart of Kabuki Music (Rutland, VT, 1963/R)
Music Cultures of the Pacific, the Near East and Asia (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1967, 3/1996)
• 'The Ma'yong Dance Drama of Malaysia: a Preliminary Report', Umakhak ronch'ong: Yi Hye-Gu paksa song'su kinyom [Essays in ethnomusicology: a birthday offering for Lee Hye-Ku] (Seoul, 1969), 387-400
• 'On the Nature and Function of Symbolism in Western and Oriental Music', Philosophy East and West, xix (1969), 235-46; see also P. Crossley-Holland, ibid., 253-7
• 'The Music of the Malaysian Ma'yong', Tenggara, v (1969), 114-20
• 'Practical Approaches to Japanese Music', Readings in Ethnomusicology, ed. D.P. McAllester (New York, 1971), 353-65; repr in Ethnomusicological Theory and Method, ed. K.K. Shelemay (New York, 1990), 123-32
• 'The Modern Music of Meiji Japan', Tradition and Modernization in Japanese Culture, ed. D. Shively (Princeton, NJ, 1971), 257--300
Introduction to M. Togi: Gagaku: Court Music and Dance (New York, 1971)
• 'Music in Kelantan, Malaysia, and Some of its Cultural Implications', Studies in Malaysian Oral and Musical Traditions (Ann Arbor, 1974), 1--46
• 'Chinese Music in Nineteenth Century Japan', Asian Music, vi/1--2 (1975), 147--72 [Picken Festschrift issue]
• 'Shoden: a Study in Tokyo Festival Music', YIFMC, vii (1975), 44--66
ed., with J.I. Crump: Chinese and Japanese Music-Dramas (Ann Arbor, 1975) [incl. 'The Musical Characteristics and Practice of the Japanese Noh Drama in an East Asian Context', 99--142]
• 'Four Seasons of the Old Mountain Women: an Example of Japanese Nagauta Text Setting', JAMS, xxxi (1978), 83--117
with J.R. Brandon and D.H. Shively: Studies in Kabuki (Honolulu, 1978) [incl. 'Music in the Kabuki Theater', 133-75]
• 'Some of Japan's Musics and Musical Principles', Musics of Many Cultures, ed. E. May (Berkeley, 1980), 48-62
• 'Music Cultures of Momoyama Japan', Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, ed. G. Elison and B.L. Smith (Honolulu, 1981), 163-85
• 'A Musical Approach to the Study of the Japanese Joruri', Chushingura: Studies in the Kabuki and the Puppet Theater, ed. J.R. Brandon (Honolulu, 1982), 59-110
• 'A Century of Proletarian Music in Japan', JMR, vi (1986), 185-206
Six Hidden Views of Japanese Music (Berkeley, 1986)
• 'Seiki Akiko: the Red Primadonna of Japan', Music from the Middle Ages through the Twentieth Century: Essays in Honor of Gwynn S. McPeek, ed. C.P. Comberiati and M.C. Steel (New York, 1988), 375--90
• 'Japanese Nagauta Notation and Performance Realities', Musicology Australia, xi--xii (1988--9), 87--104
with C.A. Gerstle and K. Inobe: Theater as Music: the Bunraku Play 'Mt. Imo and Mt. Se: an Exemplary Tale of Womanly Virtue' (Ann Arbor, 1990)

Source article by Paul Morgan at http://www.grovemusic.com
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