Music and the Academy
- Nicholas Cook
‘Music and the Academy’ is concerned with musicology — the academic study of music. It begins with musicologist Joseph Kerman's book, Contemplating Music, which offered a social history of musicology, relating the development of the discipline to the broader academic and institutional trends of the period and involved two prongs of attack on historical musicologists. Firstly, the impossible attempts to produce complete and authoritative editions of composers' work; and secondly, contextual studies. The subdisciplines of musical theory and ethnomusicology are also considered along with the historical performance movement, which believes that you should play the music of the past in the way that it would originally have been played.