An introduction to music research
An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research

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Many different resource types play a role in the study of music, for example:

  • Documents – different types of writings that inform musical scholarship
  • Images – iconographical sources (visual images) and moving images that are associated with musical practices and that cast light on the performance and reception of music
  • Places – environments and landscapes and their musical associations
  • Repertories and musical sources – manuscript and printed sources, musical repertories and genres
  • Instruments – issues concerning organology and performance practice
  • Performances and recordings – the study of music as performed, and in particular the use of recorded sound as a source for music research.

In this section you will explore examples of all these resource types, before looking at ‘west gallery’ music to see how study of a particular topic may draw on a number of these.


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