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.
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).
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).