Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects

Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects

by Eric Clarke, Nicholas Cook
     
 

ISBN-10: 019516749X

ISBN-13: 9780195167498

Pub. Date: 09/02/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The study of music is always, to some extent, "empirical," in that it involves testing ideas and interpretations against some kind of external reality. But in musicology, the kind of empirical approaches familiar in the social sciences have played a relatively marginal role, being generally restricted to inter-disciplinary areas such as psychology and

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The study of music is always, to some extent, "empirical," in that it involves testing ideas and interpretations against some kind of external reality. But in musicology, the kind of empirical approaches familiar in the social sciences have played a relatively marginal role, being generally restricted to inter-disciplinary areas such as psychology and sociology of music. Rather than advocating a new kind of musicology, Empirical Musicology provides a guide to empirical approaches that are ready for incorporation into the contemporary musicologist's toolkit. Its nine chapters cover perspectives from music theory, computational musicology, ethnomusicology, and the psychology and sociology of music, as well as an introduction to musical data analysis and statistics. This book shows that such approaches could play an important role in the further development of the discipline as a whole, not only through the application of statistical and modeling methods to musical scores but also—and perhaps more importantly—in terms of understanding music as a complex social practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195167498
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : what is empirical musicology?3
2Documenting the musical event : observation, participation, representation15
3Musical practice and social structure : a toolkit35
4Music as social behavior57
5Empirical methods in the study of performance77
6Computational and comparative musicology103
7Modeling musical structure127
8Analyzing musical sound157
9Data collection, experimental design, and statistics in musical research197

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