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p. 887. Writing music historylocked

  • Timothy Rice


‘Writing music history’ looks at the part of ethnomusicological study which involves researching musical history in the form of written traditions. They do this to try to understand the present, why traditions have changed, and how people in the culture they are studying construct their own musical tradition through their present musical practices. The close connection between historiography and ethnography means that studying history has always come hand in hand with the fieldwork of ethnomusicologists. Ethnomusicologists tend to suppose that when social, economic, political, and cultural systems change some aspect of musical practice and style will change as a consequence.

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