Systematic and Comparative Musicology: Concepts, Methods, Findings

by Albrecht Schneider (Volume editor)
©2008 Thesis 446 Pages


This volume presents essays on the theory, methodology, and disciplinary history of Systematic and Comparative Musicology as well as on concepts of current empirical research. Part 1 is devoted to Systematic Musicology which is viewed as a transdisciplinary approach to fundamental music research, on the one hand, and as a field of learning which is offered as an academic subject in universities, on the other. Part 1 also includes articles which illustrate modern research concepts many of which are based on experimental and other empirical methods as well as on computational and modelling approaches. The articles concern problems which range from acoustics and psychoacoustics to neuromusicology and music cognition. Part 2 addresses issues in Comparative Musicology and Ethnomusicology, for instance the relevance of comparative methods as applied to the study of non-western musical phenomena. Further, sound analysis combined with fieldwork as well as modelling based on ethnomathematical considerations are given special notice. Aspects of theory and disciplinary history are also covered in this section which moreover includes findings obtained from actual fieldwork.


ISBN (Softcover)
Systematic Musicology Systematische Musikwissenschaft Aufsatzsammlung Comparative Musicology Ethnomusicology
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 446 pp., num. fig., tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Albrecht Schneider (Volume editor)

The Editor: Albrecht Schneider, born in 1949, works in Systematic Musicology as well as in Comparative Musicology at the University of Hamburg. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and in several European institutions. He is a founding member of the International Cooperation in Systematic and Comparative Musicology, and was co-editor of the scientific journal Systematische Musikwissenschaft - Systematic Musicology.


Title: Systematic and Comparative Musicology: Concepts, Methods, Findings