Herzog, George (actually, Gyorgy)
Herzog, George (actually, Győrgy)
Herzog, George (actually, Győrgy), Hungarian-born American ethnomusicologist; b. Budapest, Dec. 11, 1901; d. Indianapolis, Nov. 4, 1983. He studied musicology and anthropology in Budapest and Berlin. In 1925 he went to America and became a research assoc. in anthropology at the Univ. of Chicago in 1929. He was a member (1930–31) of its expedition to Liberia, where he made a thorough study of West African music, and then was on the faculty of Yale Univ. (1932–35). He was a visiting lecturer at Columbia Univ. in 1936-37, and took his Ph.D. there in 1937 with the diss. A Comparison of Pueblo and Pima Musical Styles, which was publ, in the Journal of American Folklore, XLIX, 1936. He subsequently was a visiting asst. prof, there (1937–38), and then an asst. prof, of anthropology (1939–48). In 1948 he was appointed prof, of anthropology and folk music at Ind. Univ. in Bloomington; was made prof. emeritus in 1962. In 1962 he was made an honorary member of the American Musicological Soc. He publ. Jabo Proverbs from Liberia: Maxims in the Life of a Native Tribe (with C. Blooah; Oxford, 1936) and Research in Primitive and Folk Music in the United States: A Survey (Washington, D.C., 1936).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire