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Don Harran


Born in the USA (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in 1936. Immigrated to Israel in 1963. Joined the faculty of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1966.


Appointed Full Professor in 1980 and in the same year awarded the Artur Rubinstein Chair in Musicology. Chaired the Department of Musicology during the years 1977–80, 1991–92, and 1994–97. Since October 2004 holds the chair of Artur Rubinstein Professor Emeritus of Musicology.


B.A. magna cum laude (French literature), Yale University; M.A. and Ph.D. (musicology), University of California at Berkeley (mainly under Edward Lowinsky and, as dissertation advisor, Joseph Kerman).


Visiting Professor, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA; twice); Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence).


Membership in academic societies: 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.


Fellowships: American Council of Learned Societies; Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture (x 3); Newberry Library, Chicago; Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (x 2).


Grants: Edmond de Rothschild Foundation; American Philosophical Society; Israel National Academy of Sciences, Basic Research Fund (x 4); Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for research in Venice; French Ministry of Culture for research in Paris on In Defense of Music; National Endowment Fund for the Humanities.


Medal: city of Tours (in conjunction with Université François Rabelais, Tours; 1997). Prizes: Tovey Memorial Prize, Oxford University (1977); Michael Landau Prize for Scholarly Achievement in the Arts (1999). Honors: Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005); Knight (Cavaliere) of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity (2006); Corresponding (Honorary Foreign) Member, American Musicological Society (2006); Guest lecturer, Salzburg Seminar (1998); Honorary Member of the Italian Association for Jewish Studies (AISG; 2009).


On the editorial board of Min-Ad (the journal of the Israel Musicological Society) ever since its founding in 1978 and, since 2008, Associate Editor (in the field of history) for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.


Principal areas of research: word-tone relations in the Renaissance, as determined by historical, theoretical, and practical/performing considerations; humanism and music; music as rhetoric; the Italian madrigal; instrumental music in the early Baroque; Jewish musicians (composers, singers, instrumentalists) and Jewish music theorists in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy; early Jewish women as musicians and as poets; the beginnings of Hebrew musical historiography in the eighteenth century.


Department of Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.

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For a full list of publications, see under Publications.


Personal websites:

1. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities

2. Wikipedia in Hebrew*

3. Wikipedia in English (abridged from the Hebrew)*


*     The listing of publications on websites 2 and 3 is complete until 2008 only. For an updated listing (until 23 June 2013), see under website 1.