Research topic: Classical and contemporary music

"Classical music" is a concept that has several meanings, but in an academic context it refers to European music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Such music is also generally written down using musical notation, and usually we know the identity of the composer. The term also covers music with the same characteristics originating on other continents, e.g., from the USA.

Contemporary music is music that extends this tradition from the late 20th century into the 21st century.

Research into classical and contemporary music – also known as Western art music – is a core area of musicology. Our research covers a broad span, from Renaissance to contemporary music.

Some examples of research areas within classical and contemporary music:

  • The role of music in culture and society
  • Stylistic development in music
  • Studies of individual composers
  • Studies of musical works (structural and stylistic analysis, interpretation of a work's meaning etc.)
  • Musical performance (e.g., studies of gramophone recordings)
  • Various fundamental issues: What type of history is the history of music? What do we understand by the concept of "a musical work"? What are the possibilities and limitations of analyses of musical works?


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Published Feb. 8, 2013 12:22 PM - Last modified Mar. 14, 2018 10:21 AM