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Empirical Musicology: Aims, Methods, Prospects

Eric Clarke and Nicholas Cook


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 interdisciplinary areas, such as the psychology and sociology of music. Rather than advocating a new kind of musicology, this book provides a guide to empirical approaches that are ready for incorporation into the contemporary musicologist's toolkit. Its nine chapters cover perspectives form mus ... More

Keywords: computational, ethnomusicology, psychology, sociology, statistics, social practice

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167498
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Clarke, editor
University of Sheffield

Nicholas Cook, editor
University of London, Royal Holloway
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