Malm, William P(aul)

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Malm, William P(aul)

Malm, William P(aul), American ethnomusicologist; b. La Grange, I11., March 6, 1928. He studied composition at Northwestern Univ. (B.M., 1949; M.M., 1950) and ethnomusicology at the Univ. of Calif. at Los Angeles (Ph.D., 1959, with the diss. Japanese Nagauta Music). He taught at the Univ. of III. (1950), the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. (1951–53), and the Univ. of Calif. at Los Angeles (1958–60). Malm was an asst. prof. (1960–63), assoc. prof. (1963–66), and prof. (1966–95) of musicology, as well as director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments (1980–95), at the Univ. of Mich. He also was a Distinguished Visiting Prof. at Baylor Univ. (1977) and the Univ. of Iowa (1982), the Ernest Bloch Prof. of Music at the Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley (1981), a research fellow at the National Univ. of Australia (1987), and the recipient of the Koizumi Fumio Prize in Ethnomusicology of Tokyo (1993). From 1978 to 1980 he served as president of the Soc. for Ethnomusicology. He has contributed many articles to reference books and learned journals.

Writings

Japanese Music and Musical Instruments (1959); Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music (1963); Music Cultures of the Pacific, the Near East and Asia (1967; 3rd ed., 1997); ed. with J. Crump, Chinese and Japanese Music Drama (1975); with J. Brandon and D. Shively, Studies in Kabuki (1977); Six Hidden Views of Japanese Music (1985); Theater as Music (1991); Traditional Japanese Music and its Instruments (2000).

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