mu·​si·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌmyü-zi-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce musicology (audio) \

Definition of musicology

: the study of music as a branch of knowledge or field of research as distinct from composition or performance

Other Words from musicology

musicological \ ˌmyü-​zi-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce musicology (audio) \ adjective
musicologist \ ˌmyü-​zi-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce musicology (audio) \ noun

Examples of musicology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taruskin revolutionized musicology by placing all music in social context. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Tim Page is professor emeritus of musicology at the University of Southern California and won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for criticism for his writings on music at The Washington Post. Tim Page, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 Clague began teaching the anthem in musicology classes in 2004 and started research for the book six years later. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2022 In the 1970s, musicology was still largely focused on reviving obscure motets and analyzing Central European masterworks. William Robin,, 2 July 2022 Chris graduated from Kenmore West High School in Buffalo and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in musicology from SUNY Buffalo in 1973. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Like other music podcasts, 60 Songs explores its genre of choice (nineties pop hits) through the dual lenses of rock criticism and musicology. The Editors, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2022 That’s kind of nineteenth-century-musicology thinking. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 Rather than come across like a cultural appropriator, Jay-Z the writer sounds right at home with roaming Jamaican musicology. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of musicology

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for musicology

Italian musicologia, from Latin musica music + -logia -logy

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“Musicology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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