Finding Musicology in nineteenth-century Britain: contexts and conflicts

Golding, Rosemary (2018). Finding Musicology in nineteenth-century Britain: contexts and conflicts. In: Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie and Keym, Stefan eds. Wege zur Musikwissenschaft / Paths to Musicology. Bärenreiter Verlag.



Music has long been a degree subject in British universities. Yet its academic form and status changed dramatically during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This chapter examines the introduction of history and analysis within music programs, the development of ‘musical science’ outside the university and ongoing debates about the ways in which academic musical studies should relate to musical practice, between the early nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth. These changes are related to concerns about the status of musicians, as well as the perceived paucity of talent within British composition. It is clear that, while music long held a place at many university institutions, the position of musicology as a core discipline was not settled until the mid-twentieth century.

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