musicology

noun
mu·si·col·o·gy | \ˌmyü-zi-ˈkä-lə-jē \

Definition of musicology 

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

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Other Words from musicology

musicological \-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \ adjective
musicologist \-ˈkä-lə-jist \ noun

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Just good, solid amateur musicology, in between dismemberments. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Ryan Reynolds takes a comic high dive into 'Deadpool 2'," 14 May 2018 In recent years Davachi—who’s currently a doctoral student in musicology at UCLA—has increasingly collaborated with other instrumentalists. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Canadian sound artist Sarah Davachi uses electronics and site-specific acoustics to transform various instruments into something mesmerizing," 12 Apr. 2018 That musicology lesson is the loudest part of this album, certainly louder than Mr. Timberlake, whose reticence is a recurring feature here. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Justin Timberlake Looks Beyond the Pop Star Life on ‘Man of the Woods’," 31 Jan. 2018 Levin, widely known for his musicology, bordered on aggressive. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "At Curtis, a night of Big Schubert with Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster and friends," 18 Oct. 2017 Coming in 2018-19 is a hybrid degree program that combines studies in musicology and the music business. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017," 18 Sep. 2017 The demands of her fulltime job, working on her master's degree in musicology, and her long-running weekly radio show are the reasons Weber, 41, is giving up the weekly gig that ran into the wee hours. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Dance at DJ Soul Sister's last Saturday Hustle at the Hi-Ho: Video," 2 June 2017 In 1995, after earning a doctorate in musicology from Claremont University, Valenzuela found himself in San Diego ready to put his knowledge and talent into practice. Martina Schimitschek, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bach Collegium's Ruben Valenzuela connects contemporary audiences to early music," 6 May 2017 Ostensibly about Mozart’s beloved pet bird, this essay is a collision of musicology, psychology and scientific ornithology. Helen Macdonald, New York Times, "Biographies of Cecil the Lion and Others in ‘Animals Strike Curious Poses’," 13 Mar. 2017

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of musicology

: the study of music as an area of knowledge or as a field of research

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