Behague, Gerard (November 2, 1937-June 13, 2005) | University of Illinois Archives
Gerard Behague was a member of the School of Music faculty at The University of Texas at Austin from 1974 until his death. Born in Montpellier, France, Behague spent his childhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He held a diploma from the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, a diploma (equivalent to the M.M.) from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from Tulane University, where he worked in the Inter-American Institute for Musical research.
Professor Behague began his career in musicology in 1966 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by teaching music history, American music, and Latin American music. He gradually moved towards increased interest in ethnomusicology, eventually starting a strong program in Latin American ethnomusicology that is currently maintained there by one of his UT students, Tom Turino.
From 1969-1977, he served as associate editor of the Yearbook for Inter-American Musical Research, and from 1974-78, he was editor of the journal Ethnomusicology. In 1980 he founded and subsequently edited the Latin American Music Review, a journal that provides a unique forum for academics from all of the Americas to publish in three languages. He was president of the Society for Ethnomusicology (1979-1981) and served on the board of directors of several professional associations.
Behague was particularly well known for his research on the music of Brazil, which he studied both as a music historian and as an ethnomusicologist. Among the books he wrote were his textbook, Music in Latin America: An Introduction (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1979), and Heitor Villa-Lobos: The Search for Brazil's Musical Soul (Austin, TX.: ILAS Monographs, UT Press, 1994).