Definition of musicology in English:


Line breaks: mu¦sic|ology
Pronunciation: /mjuːzɪˈkɒlədʒi


[mass noun]
The study of music as an academic subject, as distinct from training in performance or composition; scholarly research into music.
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  • He studied at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Musical Arts, concurrently studying philosophy and musicology at the university.
  • Finally, it is an excellent reference and great resource book for research into several other areas of the vast field of music performance, musicology and sociology.
  • She will be studying musicology, the history of music, at the prestigious New York university and had to compete against 60 other candidates to gain full funding for the five-year course.


early 20th century: from French musicologie.



Pronunciation: /-kəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
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  • The musicians, guided by ever more extensive musicological research in the ‘early music’ movement, treat the composer's score as sacrosanct and attempt a high degree of authenticity in its interpretation.
  • Frankly, I had not the temperament to take up a musicological career, even as a secondary pursuit.
  • He has been delighting audiences for years with works of charm, wit and good-natured humor, products of a lively imagination and strong musicological background paired with a finely honed compositional skill.


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  • I am a Spanish composer, musicologist and classical piano performer.
  • In the half century since the original publication, more extensive research into early music has been conducted by leading musicologists, extending our understanding of these styles and composers.
  • A noted musicologist whose interests include chant, medieval music and Tudor keyboard music, he has written many chamber and choral pieces.

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