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Empirical Musicology by Eric F. Clarke
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195167498
(240mm x 161mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 11-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eric F. Clarke
Music and Consciousness, Paperback (July 2011)
Consciousness poses major challenges to human understanding. This unique book considers whether music might afford some special source of insight into consciousness, and how issues of consciousness might in turn shape our understanding of music.
Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music, Paperback (November 2009)
Featuring fascinating accounts from practitioners, this Companion examines how developments in recording have transformed musical culture.
Music and Mind in Everyday Life, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Eric F. Clarke
What makes people want to live their lives to the sound of music? Why do so many of our most private experiences and most public spectacles incorporate - or depend on - music? This book examines musical behaviour and experience in a range of circumstances, including composing and performing, listening and persuading, and teaching and learning.
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