Robert Lachmann’s Letters to Henry George Farmer (from 1923 to 1938)


Robert Lachmann’s letters to Henry George Farmer, from the years 1923-38, provide insightful glimpses into his life and his progressive research projects. From an historical perspective, they offer critical data concerning the development of comparative musicology as it evolved in Germany during the early decades of the twentieth century. The fact that Lachmann sought contact with Farmer can be explained from their mutual, yet diverse interests in Arab music, particularly as they were then considered to be the foremost European scholars in the field. During the 1932 Cairo International Congress on Arab Music, they were selected as presidents of their respective committees.

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Israel J. Katz, Ph.D. (1967), University of California at Los Angeles, is a Research Associate at the University of California at Davis. He has published monographs, articles, and a bibliography on Spanish tradition-al folk music and dances. His latest publication dealt with Henry George Farmer and the First International Congress of Arab Music (Cairo 1932) (Brill 2015).

Israel J. Katz
Sheila M. Craik
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1 The Berlin Years (1892-1935)
 1.1 Introduction
 1.2 From his Birth through his Formative Years (1892-1911)
 1.3 Graduation from the Gymnasium, Courses at Berlin Univ., Military Service, and Degree in Librarianship (1911-8)
 1.4 Return to Civilian Life, Berlin Univ., the Phonogrammarchiv, Attainment of his Doctorate, Librarianship, and Fieldwork in Algeria and Tunisia (1918-27)
 1.5 Appointment as Music Librarian at the Preussische Staatsbibliothek, and Additional Fieldwork in Tunisia and Algeria (1927-30)
 1.6 From the First Mention of the Cairo Congress of Arab Music (Feb. 1930) to his Participation (Mar.-Apr. 1932) and Egyptian Fieldwork (Apr.-May 1932)
 1.7 Post-Congress Visit of Johannes Wolf and Kurt Schindler to Jerusalem, where they met with Judah L. Magnes (April 1932)
 1.8 Dismissal from the Staatsbibliothek (Berlin 1933)
 1.9 Initial Contacts with Judah L. Magnes at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1934-5)
2 The Jerusalem Years (1935-1939)
 2.1 Background
 2.2 Lachmann’s Initial Academic Year at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1935-6) [Oct. 22–June 28]
 2.3 Second Academic Year (1936-7) [Oct. 11–June 24]
 2.4 Lachmann’s Students at the Archive for Oriental Music (Jerusalem)
 2.5 The Oriental Music Broadcasts (Nov. 1936–Apr. 1937)
 2.6 The World Centre for Jewish Music in Palestine (WCJMP) (1936-9)
 2.7 Boundary-Crossing, Brith Shalom, Stefan Wolpe, and Music Education
 2.8 Third Academic Year (1937-8) [Sept. 30–July 10]
 2.9 Fourth Academic Year (1938-9) [Oct. 8–July 17]
 2.10 Last Weeks in Jerusalem (1939)
3 Lachmann’s Letters to Henry George Farmer [FC 467/1-90]
 3.1 From his Years in Berlin (1923-35)
 3.2 From his Years in Jerusalem, Palestine (1935-8)
 3.3 Letters from Edith Gerson-Kiwi to Henry George Farmer (1945-7)

Appendix 1:  Lachmann’s Published Works, Reviews, Lectures, and Unpublished Manuscripts
 1 1923-35 (from his Berlin Years)
 2 1935-8 (from his Jerusalem Years)
 3 Lectures
 4 Posthumous Works

Appendix 2: Lachmann’s Sole Transcription of a Tunisian Wedding Song that was Included in E. Ubach and E. Rackow, Sitte und Recht in Nordafrika, Stuttgart 1923, 244-5

Appendix 3: Lachmann’s Transcriptions for Albert von Le Coq’s Von Land und Leuten in Ostturkistan. Bericht und Abenteuer der 4. Deutschen Turfanexpedition. Leipzig 1928

Appendix 4: Lachmann’s Transcription of a) Mesʿud Djemil’s Call to Prayer (adhān) and b) Instrumental Piece (Beśrew Salim Bey) from his Musik des Orients, Breslau 1929

Appendix 5: Lachmann’s Doctoral Diploma (Mar. 11, 1922) (LA F 07)

Appendix 6: What Do We Know about Kurt Schindler?

Appendix 7: Johannes Wolf’s Letter to Friedrich Smend (Nov. 1, 1933)

Appendix 8: Lachmann and Zionism

Appendix 9: Magnes’ October 29th Communication Published by the Jewish Telegraph Agency (Nov. 11, 1934, p. 3)

Appendix 10: News Item from the University’s June 1934 Information Bulletin Concerning Lachmann’s Archive

Appendix 11: Three Judeo-Spanish Lyric Songs, from the Lachmann Archive, National Library of Israel

Appendix 12: Stefan Wolpe: A Biographical Sketch of his European Years

Appendix 13: Letter from Yiska Idelsohn to Prof. Harry Torczyner

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The Berlin-born comparative musicologist Robert Lachmann (1892-1939) shares his studies of North African and Palestine musical traditions in his correspondence with the noted Scottish Arabist Henry George Farmer (from 1923 to 1938).
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