Netti, Bruno, distinguished Czech-born American ethnomusicologist, son of Paul Netti; b. Prague, March 14, 1930. He was taken to the U.S. in 1939, where he studied at Indiana Univ. (A.B., 1950; M.A., 1951; Ph.D., 1953, with the diss. American Indian Music North of Mexico: Its Styles and Areas; pubi, as North American Indian Musical Styles, Philadelphia, 1954). He also received an M.A. degree in library science from the Univ. of Mich, in 1960. He taught at Wayne State Univ. (1953–64). In 1964 he joined the faculty of the Univ. of 111. at Urbana, becoming a prof. of music and anthropology in 1967, and in 1992 he was made prof. emeritus but continued to teach there part time. He ed. the periodical Ethnomusicology from 1961 to 1965, and again from 1998, serving as president of the Soc. for Ethnomusicology (1969–71). He was also ed. of the yearbook of the International Folk Music Council (1974–77), and contributed articles to scholarly journals.
Music in Primitive Culture (Cambridge, Mass., 1956); An Introduction to Folk Music in the United States (Detroit,1960; 3rd ed., rev. and aug. by H. Myers, 1976, as Folk Music in the United States, an Introduction); Cheremis Musical Styles (Bloomington, Ind., 1960); Reference Materials in Ethnomusicology (Detroit, 1961; 2nd ed., rev., 1968); Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (N.Y., 1964); Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1965; 3rd ed., rev. by V. Goertzen, 1990); with B. Foltin Jr., Daramad of Chahargah: A Study in the Performance Practice of Persian Music (Detroit, 1972); with C. Hamm and R. Byrnside, Contemporary Music and Music Cultures (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1975); ed. Eight Urban Musical Cultures, Tradition and Change (Urbana, 111., 1978); The Study of Ethnomusicology: 29 Issues and Concepts (Urbana, 111., 1983); The Western Impact on World Music: Change, Adaptation, and Survival (N.Y., 1985); The Radif od Persian Music: Studies of Structure and Cultural Context (Champaign, 111., 1987; 2nd ed., rev, 1991); Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparative Perspectives (Kent, Ohio, 1989); ed. with P. Bohlman, Comparative Musicology and Anthropology in Music: Essays on the History of Ethnomusicology (Chicago, 1991); with others, Excursions in World Music (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1992); ed. with others, Community of Music: An Ethnographical Seminar in Champaign-Urbana (Champaign, 111., 1993); Heartland Excursions: Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of Music (Urbana, 111, 1995); ed. with M. Russell, In the Course of Performance (Chicago, 1998).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire