Class: MUSIC 450 Introduction to Musicology
Instructor: Dr. Gillian Rodger
Term: Spring, 2011
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of musicology, and to a lesser extent ethnomusicology, its methods, its scope, its history, its present concerns, and ideas about its future directions. This class aims to provide students with some understanding of the working life of musicologist, including the major trends and debates within the discipline, the history of the discipline and its ideas.
The advent of sound recording technology in the late 19th allowed musicologists to hear music in a time and place removed from the context of the performance, repeatedly if necessary. Folklorists and ethnomusicologists today might assume this important technology was immediately embraced and implemented in the field, but in fact it was met with mixed reactions. Some did put it to use right away, while others resisted the technology, feeling it irrelevant to their purpose. This paper relates three cases of the phonograph’s early use in fieldwork: Jesse Fewkes and Benjamin Gilman, U.S. (1890), Josef Pommer, Austria (1902), and Percy Grainger, U. K. (1906).
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