Concept

Musicology

Summary
Musicology (from Greek μουσική mousikē 'music' and -λογια -logia, 'domain of study') is the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music. Musicology departments traditionally belong to the humanities, although some music research is scientific in focus (psychological, sociological, acoustical, neurological, computational). Some geographers and anthropologists have an interest in musicology, so the social sciences also have an academic interest. A scholar who participates in musical research is a musicologist. Musicology traditionally is divided into three main branches: historical musicology, systematic musicology and ethnomusicology. Historical musicologists mostly study the history of the Western classical music tradition, the origin of the works composed, the lives of the composers and how they relate to the music studied. However, the study of music history need not be limited to that. Ethnomusicologists draw from anthropology (particularly field research) to understand ho
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