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Systematic Musicology: Empirical and Theoretical Studies


Edited By Albrecht Schneider and Arne von Ruschkowski

This volume contains articles most of which present empirical studies in the field of systematic musicology. Contributions in particular deal with aspects of melody including modeling and computer-assisted analysis as well as with various issues in sound and music perception, musical acoustics and psychoacoustics. Topics range from loudness perception in ‘Techno’ music to sound radiation in classical singing styles, and from timbre research to wave field synthesis and room acoustics. One focus of this volume is on pop and rock music, another is on ethno and folk music. In addition to empirical investigations, theoretical and methodological issues are addressed including some fundamental concepts in ethnomusicology and folk music scholarship.


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Ulrich Morgenstern: Egalitarianism and Elitism in Ethnomusicology and Folk Music Scholarship


249 Ulrich Morgenstern Egalitarianism and Elitism in Ethnomusicology and Folk Music Scholarship1 Vsiakii spliashet, da ne kak skomorokh. Everyone can dance – just not like a minstrel. Russian proverb Summary In ethnomusicology and folk music scholarship concepts of equality and elitist thought are both reflected in most different ways. Social-romanticist as well as collectivist and totalitarian approaches highlight simplicity and accessibility as characteristics of tra- ditional music while numerous researchers, in contrast, emphasise the emergence of musical elites in traditional cultures. The cultural criticism in ethnomusicology frequen- tly comes in conflict with the guiding principles of a society. Therefore musicology is exposed to the danger of ideological usurpation and functionalisation. Zusammenfassung In Ethnomusikologie und Volksmusikforschung spiegeln sich auf unterschiedlichste Weise Vorstellung von Gleichheit und elitäre Denkweisen. Sozialromantische, aber auch kollektivistische und totalitäre Konzepte sehen Simplizität und allgemeine Zugänglich- keit als bestimmende Eigenschaft traditioneller Musikformen an, während nicht wenige Forscher im Gegenzug auf Leistungseliten auch in Volksmusikkulturen verweisen. Ethnomusikologische Kulturkritik gerät häufig in Konflikt mit gesellschaftlichen Leitbildern. Hierbei ist Musikwissenschaft vielfach der Gefahr der ideologischen Ver- einnahmung und Funktionalisierung ausgesetzt. Introduction Concepts of egalitarianism and elitism are both fundamental to Western civilisation. They shaped intellectual discourses and powerful political movements up to our days. The Judaeo-Christian confession of equality of human beings before God is the precondition for our secularised ideal of equality before the law, born in the Age of Enlightenment. But surely, in broad historical periods this ideal in political practice was not...

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